International health and aid policies: urgent cure needed!

Blog Post by Jean-Pierre Unger, physician, professor of public health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

Red carpets were put away. The MDG midnight mass ended over renewed, solemn commitments. But the by now near failure of the MDGs in health can be read as the chronicle of a death foretold, a failure especially manifest in a region, where international aid is most active – in Sub-Saharan Africa. 10 million are victims of communicable diseases vulnerable to simple drugs such as malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, diarrhoea. These victims die because they lack access to quality, affordable health care.

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Essentials of Pediatric Radiology

Do a little bit more than average and from that point on your progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort put in.

Paul J. Meyer

Two types of Radiology textbooks exist: One type is the easily readable, ultrashort book which covers the most basic essentials and permits the reader to “survive” in the field.  The second type is the comprehensive compendium which represents a valuable resource for in depth information on certain topics, but is too extensive to be read from cover to cover. Our book, “Essentials of Pediatric Radiology” attempts to blend these two types by providing a detailed overview of selected topics which are commonly encountered in the daily practice of Pediatric Radiology. Our book is concise enough to be read completely, yet it provides more detailed information compared to other brief textbooks in the field, thereby allowing the reader to acquire more in depth knowledge.  Read more of this post

What should you read to prepare for MRCOG II Written

Blog Post by Arri Coomarasamy, MBChB, MD, MRCOG, DFFP, lecturer and specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology

As my past course candidates know, I am a great fan of the “Handbook of Gynaecological Oncology” by Shafi, Luesley and Jordan. It summarised all you needed to know about gynae cancers in 277 A5 size pages, with very little padding and fine print, and was as readable and enjoyable as the classic gold standard of Nelson-Piercy’s Handbook of Obstetric Medicine. However, I didn’t recommend this book in 2009; the reason was that it had aged (it was published in 2001). So, imagine my delight when I found a new book “Gynaecological oncology” by Shafi, Earl and Tan! I bought it and have already read half of it, and it is proving to be an absolute pleasure! This book is likely to take  the pain outof your MRCOG oncology revision!  Just like “Mr Muscle” kitchen cleaner, it makes you love the job you hate! I highly recommend it: 205 pages of highly relevant stuff for MRCOG.

Gynaecological Oncology is published by Cambridge University Press

NEW REVIEW — YEUNG / Self-Management of Depression: A Manual for Mental Health

NEW REVIEW — YEUNG / Self-Management of Depression: A Manual for Mental Health
and Primary Care Professionals
Yeung, Albert, MD, ScD; Feldman, Greg, PhD; Fava, Maurizio, MD
ISBN: 978-0-521-71008-4, 206 pages, soft cover.
Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)


This book outlines ways that mental health and primary care providers can help
patients be actively involved in their medical care and manage their symptoms. Read more of this post

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