John Launer

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In one study carried out in primary care, patients appreciated spontaneous humour from their doctors. Photograph: iStock

It being a bank holiday weekend, by tradition this column explores the lighter side of medicine. And what better topic for today than to look at the u(...)

Dr William Osler (1849-1919) at the bedside of a patient in 1903. As an advocate of the plain language of healing he wrote: ‘And from the standpoint of medicine as an art for the prevention and cure of disease; the man who translates the hieroglyphics of science into the plain language of healing is certainly the more useful.’

This month marks the centenary of the death of Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919), widely regarded as the pre-eminent physician of the 20th century. He t(...)

‘One form of embarrassing docsplaining occurs when doctors take it upon themselves to explain issues to other healthcare professionals who may have vastly more experience and knowledge in relation to the patient or topic being discussed.’ Photograph: iStock

It’s not a welcome development, but perhaps it was inevitable. Mansplaining has spawned a medical derivative – docsplaining. Mansplaining is a confla(...)

Why are we continuing what I and many other doctors consider a barbaric practice?

When it works, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most satisfying medical interventions. Whether by trained volunteers on a playing fie(...)

How would you like if your medical consultations were conducted by a robot? Probably one with a smiling face, programmed to be appropriately empatheti(...)

Muiris Houston

How would you feel if your doctor changed your diagnosis from a short label to a longer, more descriptive wording? For example, instead of havi(...)