Trust me, I’m a (SNAP) doctor!

Should GPs bother asking patients about lifestyle factors? I was talking with GP registrar extraodinaire, Dr. Gerry Considine recently about how I felt that some of our attempts at preventive health in consultations can seem quite ineffectual for patients – like we are just going through the motions.  A few examples included the discussions we have…

5 Signs You Are Procrastinating

In the lead-up to the RACGP’s fellowship examinations (#GPexams13), for which the two written exams are less than a week away, I have noticed a few things in myself and others which suggest to me that procrastination is afoot! 1. You are writing a blog post instead of studying 2. You are checking your emails…

Minimalist Medicine & Diagnosing Normality

Our intern gave a really good summary at a clinical meeting this week about an article entitled “Diagnostic Inflation” by Dr. Laura Bastra, PhD and Dr. Allen Frances, MD (1).  He gave his talk the title, “When normal is not normal anymore”.  He raised concerns about how the American Psychiatric Association’s new Diagnostic and Statistical…

Graceful Ageing – A Fantasy?

If you had to choose between either your mind or your body deteriorating with age, what would it be?  Sometimes I feel like all of our efforts in medicine to prevent premature death from cardiovascular disease and cancer can work against us – if it isn’t our body that deteriorates, it seems that it will…