choices

From Bolam to Montgomery: a tale of consent

There was a time, not so long ago, when doctors were supported in law to withhold details that might influence your decision making, or that they thought might scare you. This was Bolam’s Principle. Basically this principle states that as long as the collective of doctors reckon you ain’t negligent, then you ain’t negligent. Afterall …

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Danger, Risk and Opportunity

Birth is Dangerous! or is it? ‘Danger’ and ‘Risk’ are sometimes used interchangeably, but they actually mean very different things.  To use ‘danger’ when you mean ‘risk’, could be very damaging.  The Nocebo Effect is a very real phenomenon, and the words we use are very powerful. Using ‘danger’ when you mean ‘risk’, and ‘risk’ when you …

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The trouble with science

There once was a self-declared expert and leader Who took on the role of information feeder He feed us the news As we sat in our pews Believing he was the bullshit weeder. Not the best limerick, granted…but it expresses my feelings right now.  That my feelings are in limerick form highlight the ridiculousness of …

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seen. not heard.

seen. not heard. obedient. unquestioning. confined. bound. safe? seen. not heard. controlled. authorised. approved. convinced. brainwashed? seen. not heard. afraid. unsure. reliant. compliant. seen. herd.   seen. heard. respected encouraged supported capable compassionate? seen. heard. innovative creative supportive confident critical. seen. heard. brave certain sane humane seen not herd.  

Is snow clearing sexist?

How ingrained is the male default?  Is it filtering into AI? Check out this news story about sexist snow clearing, which asks these questions. It got me thinking… where else does the masculine default impact the abilities of women? Where else could a simple re-ordering not only improve experiences for women (without impacting the default greatly), …

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The Right to Life and Family

This post looks at the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This declaration was made on Dec 10th 1948 – in response to WWII. Interpretation, thanks to the wonderfully complex and diverse human mind, means that even though these have been written with great care…perhaps sometimes they are misused? A short note on the language of the …

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