Ivan Illich

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 In his book Medical Nemesis, Ivan Illich argued strongly that the medical establishment was bad for people’s health. Photograph:  Getty Images

Modern medicine has had its trenchant critics over the years. Ivan Illich, in his book Medical Nemesis, argued strongly that the medical establishment(...)

Dublin coroner Myra Cullinane heard evidence suggesting a 48-year-old woman’s death may have been caused by the combined use of Lemsip and paracetamol tablets. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.” The oft-quoted aphorism from renowned medical teacher Willia(...)

 Prof Barry O’Donnell  caused a furore by stating that, should he be in a car accident outside certain county hospitals, he would advise the ambulance driver to drive on to a major urban hospital. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Earlier this month I was delighted to meet up with one of the legendary figures of Irish medicine at a reception in Áras in Uachtaráin to celebrate 5(...)

Advanced medical technology has led to the ability to sometimes stretch our last days, with some referring to this as a form of death denial or viewing death as a medical failure

dPeople, particularly the elderly, sometimes speak about hoping for the “gift of a good death”. Studies carried out by the Irish Hospice Foundation sh(...)