Doctors

Doctors

From the author of How We Die, the extraordinary story of the development of modern medicine, told through the lives of the physician-scientists who paved the way.How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as […]

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

Can refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients lead to better health? Despite modern medicine’s infatuation with high-tech gadgetry, the single most powerful diagnostic tool is the doctor-patient conversation, which can uncover the lion’s share of illnesses. However, what patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly different things. Patients, anxious to convey […]

Trust Me, I'm a 'Doctor': Of Bogus Doctors, Medical Impostors and Medical Fraudsters

Trust Me, I’m a ‘Doctor’: Of Bogus Doctors, Medical Impostors and Medical Fraudsters

Local newspapers have recently carried vivid headlines following the arrest of several individuals at the hands of the Hawks. (1) Quite who among those arrested hold valid qualifications, who were impostors, who were legitimately registered and accredited with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and who were fraudulently borrowing practice numbers to defraud […]