Life Is Your Best Medicine

Life Is Your Best Medicine

“The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built.” — Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. In Life Is Your Best Medicine, Dr. […]

Extreme Medicine

Extreme Medicine

Anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser Kevin Fong explores how physical extremes push human limits and spawn incredible medical breakthroughs Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades the most hostile of the world’s environments […]

Routine Testing for Hiv--Ethical and Legal Implications (Medicine and the Law)

Routine Testing for Hiv–Ethical and Legal Implications (Medicine and the Law)

Judge Edwin Cameron has suggested that because of the high level of ignorance about people’s HIV status and the stigma attached to it, and as HIV infection can now be controlled through the use of antiretroviral drugs, the time has come to review the present ‘opt in’ approach to HIV testing and counselling. (1) He […]

Expanding Access to ART in South Africa: The Role of Nurse-Initiated Treatment (Issues IN Medicine) (Antiretroviral Therapy )

Expanding Access to ART in South Africa: The Role of Nurse-Initiated Treatment (Issues IN Medicine) (Antiretroviral Therapy )

The South African government’s recent policy decision to expand access to HIV care rapidly and ‘ensure that all the health institutions in the country are ready to receive and assist patients and not just a few accredited ARV centres’ (1) represents a dramatic and welcome about-turn on years of hesitation and confusion in the country’s […]

Revitalising Professionalism (Issues in Medicine) (Report)

Revitalising Professionalism (Issues in Medicine) (Report)

‘Medical professionalism is not optional. It is an essential part of being a doctor, no matter how many challenges face us.’ (trainee doctor (1)) Against the background of current social criticism of the medical profession, well captured by Benatar (2) in this journal in 1997, the medical profession has been intensely introspective over the past […]