William Osler

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After a hearty laugh, it has been estimated our muscles stay relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Photograph: iStock

“The best doctors in the world are Dr Diet, Dr Quiet and Dr Merryman.” – Jonathan Swift I have a soft spot for medical aphorisms. Some are true: the (...)

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(...)

So is there any truth in popular medical axioms?

Aphorisms have been around since the beginning of medical practice. Essentially medical proverbs, some, but not all, are accurate. Recently the onlin(...)

A Health+ Family supplement focusing on student life prompts a reflection on the particular place of medical education in Ireland. Traditionally, we (...)

Opiates are compounds found naturally in the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum.

Legions of Benedict Cumberbatch fans will be delighted with the news that filming has just got under way for the fourth Sherlock Holmes series. Featu(...)

While side effects from medication are rarely due to prescribing errors, most are a known risk that will affect a very small proportion of those prescribed the treatment. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sir William Osler, the renowned Canadian doctor and educator, wrote: “One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take me(...)

Can doctors overdiagnose? At first glance it seems like a silly question. Surely diagnosis is one of our prime functions as medics? Patients expect it(...)