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The Hair of the Dame

After the season of good will, the season of bad omen. More Blu-Tack than tack sharp, Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, stuck at the end of last week to her message that there was no such thing as a safe limit to alcohol consumption, but...
by Bad Medicine on Jan 11, 2016

Bitter Pill for Sugar Tax

Britain and sugar go back a long way, and the history is not that glorious. Sugar, or white gold as it was known, was reason for the infamous trade triangle, the round trip that took slaves from Africa to the American colonies, sugar from the colonia...
by Bad Medicine on Oct 13, 2015

Where Have All the Dements Gone?

Those who are smug about data security have this week had their assertions torn asunder once again. The Ashley Madison hack – Dr No rather liked Henry Tudor’s tweet ‘Cromwell was my Ashley Madison. He got hacked too’ – reminds us that data...
by Bad Medicine on Aug 21, 2015

Zombie Patients

Writing in the well-known Blue Top, the BMJ, Margaret McCartney, a fellow scourge of Bad Medicine, recently described the 16% higher chance of death if you are admitted to hospital over the weekend as a zombie statistic. The essence of a zombie stati...
by Bad Medicine on Jul 16, 2015

Farce of the Marb

In the ’70s and early ’80s, in his outstanding TV criticism in the Observer, Clive James had an unfailing ear for the peculiarities of American pronunciation. Facing David Frost’s sing-song questions, Henry Kissinger fell bag on swapping his DT...
by Bad Medicine on Apr 26, 2014

The Blind Archer

by Bad Medicine on Apr 13, 2014

Staggering Catastrophes

As a doctor who has dabbled in epidemiology, Dr No is not unaware of the siren song of care.data. Greater minds, including epideiology’s Einstein, have frothed at the prospect of the data orgy to be had, only to have it dawn that theirs was a prem...
by Bad Medicine on Mar 4, 2014

The Computer Says You Have Schizophrenia!

In his zeal to declare the NHS open for business, David Cameron announced in December 2011 that it was ‘simply a waste’ not to flog off anonymised NHS data to the pharmceutical industry, to help development of new drugs and their testing on hapl...
by Bad Medicine on Jan 4, 2013

Left Shit

The title for this post arises because Dr No has idly been playing Shorter Titles, the I’m Sorry I haven’t A Clue game in which panellists are invited to submit film (or song) titles where a single letter omission changes the meaning – Oldfinge...
by Bad Medicine on Nov 30, 2012

Most Drugs Don’t Work

Just over three years ago, when few had heard of him, Dr No wrote a post called The Collapse of the Probability Function. At its heart lies the troublesome paradox that, while we might know how a group of patients might fare, we have no way of knowin...
by Bad Medicine on Oct 30, 2012

Most Drugs Don’t Work

Just over three years ago, when few had heard of him, Dr No wrote a post called The Collapse of the Probability Function. At its heart lies the troublesome paradox that, while we might know how a group of patients might fare, we have no way of knowin...
by Bad Medicine on Oct 30, 2012

Calling Time on Minimum Pricing

Once again, the brown trout that wont flush away has bobbed up for air. Yesterday, David Cameron put alcohol minimum pricing back on the agenda. Across the land, responsible doctors cried Cheers! The Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioner...
by Bad Medicine on Feb 16, 2012

Nature Cooks the Books

Even at the best of times, epidemiology can seem as dry as old biscuits, and when it starts counting stiffs – as it so often does – it can smell not just dry and old, but musty too. But it is an important ology, and when done well, which is surpr...
by Bad Medicine on Feb 3, 2012


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