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Old Doc, New Drugs: Levetiracetam

This is a new series of written posts I am doing for the blog.  Basic concept:  I last studied pharmacology 20 years ago. In that time a heap of new drugs have appeared in the pharmacy… and I have been using a lot of them in my practice with little or no understanding of their […]

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First10EM Journal Club: March 2018

Welcome back – another episode of the sporadic journal club this month.  In this month’s episode, Justin and I cover chest pain, LPs, nebulised furosemide, the Lazarus phenomenon and of course, the sport of Quidditch.  Spoiler alert: Quidditch players suffer wrist sprains and insightless injuries to their own pride… You can check out the written […]

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Clinical Case 144: Man with a Mystery Malady

Today I have a tough clinical case for you.  One that crosses from GP to ED and into internal Med.  This is not core GP stuff but does highlight some diagnostic strategies that we all need to keep in our armoury. A 65-year-old man presents to the ED with a 3-week history of profuse diarrhoea […]

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First10EM Journal Club: November 2017

Welcome back to the Journal Club with Dr Justin Morgenstern.  It has been 2 months since we last dusted off the papers on Justin’s bedside table… but like a mythical (nerdy) Sisyphus Justin must push another load of evidence out into the ether in order to go back and start the whole process again. This […]

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Namibian Didge Lessons

As a kid growing up in rural Australia I was fascinated by the prehistory of our continent.  The ancient Aboriginal stories and creation myths permeated our Western culture.  The opportunity to play the “didge” came up whenever we discovered a discarded length of PVC tube or Mum’s vacuum cleaner pipe laying around.  For those of […]