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SMACCDUB: Bayes 2016 – A Diagnostic Odyssey

At the last SMACC outing in Dublin I gave this talk about Bayes’ theorem in medicine.  The challenge was to try and show how we can use this elegant idea in our day-to-day work. Today the audio version has been released on the SMACC podcast for all to hear.  It is a somewhat technical talk […]

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Clinical Case 136: the Diagnosis and Discussion

Last week I posted Clinical Case 136: A Maternity Mystery If you have not had a read – then please go back and ponder the scenario before reading the rest of this post. If you have been following along on the comments or social media then you will know that this is a tragic case. […]

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Stats, CRP and Sick Kids

So I have been having a particularly nerdy week. After the recent review of the point-of-care CRP paper I got to thinking.  We all seem to have an opinion about CRP based on what we think we know – but I think most of us have a pretty shady understanding of the true diagnostic characteristics […]

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Hope: from Home Birth to Hospice

Home birthing and hospice care.  Birth and death, aside from taxes, the only certainties in life!  These may not seem to be related topics, but they are.  Stay with me and I shall explain. Let us start with home birth.  There has been a bit of banter in Broome and online about the modern controversy […]

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Clinical Case 129: A SMACC in the Head (ache)

HI ALL I need a little help with writing my talk for SMACC in Dublin this June – it is all about diagnosis in the ED. So I want to present a simple case to you here…  and I want you to answer it honestly, without referring to any papers – I am after your […]