Ethics and Surgical Training in Ancient India--a Cue for Current Practice (History of Medicine)

Ethics and Surgical Training in Ancient India–a Cue for Current Practice (History of Medicine)

Diseases and ailments have afflicted humanity since antediluvian times. Man’s response in treating disease and, on occasion, finding its cause has been synonymous with the evolution of society, no matter how ancient. Therefore, medicine as we know it today is as old as Man, and must have developed with the first awakening of human consciousness, […]

Acupuncture: Efficacy, Safety and Practice

Acupuncture: Efficacy, Safety and Practice

At the 1998 Annual Representative Meeting of the BMA a resolution was passed that the Board of Science and Education should “investigate the scientific basis and efficacy of acupuncture and the quality of training and standards of competence in its practitioners”. This report summarizes literature sources and research on acupuncture, looks at safety aspects including […]

Assisted Reproduction in the Hiv-Serodiscordant Couple (Clinical Practice)

Assisted Reproduction in the Hiv-Serodiscordant Couple (Clinical Practice)

Infertility treatment for HIV-infected serodiscordant infertile couples is controversial and has ethical implications. Eighty-six per cent of all HIV-infected individuals fall into the age group 15-44 years. (1) Fifteen years ago HIV/AIDS was associated with short survival. However, the advent and effective use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has led to a dramatic improvement […]

Herophilus of Chalcedon and the Practice of Dissection in Hellenistic Alexandria (History of Medicine)

Herophilus of Chalcedon and the Practice of Dissection in Hellenistic Alexandria (History of Medicine)

The dissection of human cadavers is a complex topic that can be comprehended only if a number of factors are taken into account, as illustrated by the example of Herophilus of Chalcedon, who was the first dissector in the Western medical tradition. The social, cultural, political and intellectual climate of Hellenistic Alexandria in the third […]