I remember Grandpa Larry’s visits remarkably vividly. He would lumber into the house hunched over, grunting loudly and reeking of cigarettes.

He was unshaven and haggard, with wild grey-black hair

Dr Ben Gold19th March 2019

The Supreme Court of Victoria delivered a landmark ruling late last year that a state tribunal had violated two patients’ human rights when it forced them to undergo electroconvulsive therapy for

In my surgery, I sit at my ­grandmother’s kidney-shaped wooden desk with its leather top. My view from the desk is a high window with a glass shelf, lined with patent medicine bottles of all sizes,

Last week, I was surprised to read an article in Australian Doctor that included patently incorrect claims about general practice, a confused perspective on Medicare funding, and a one-dimensional

It’s been about a year since the Notifiable Data Breach scheme came into effect, legally obliging GP clinics to report unauthorised disclosures of patient information that created a significant risk

I killed two chairs at Christmas. Not intentionally and not the leaders of my two least favourite committees. Both were made of wood.

The first murder occurred in a playground in our neighbourhood

Freddie Clarence Williams was found unconscious from a drug overdose and was taken to a hospital in New York City, US, last July. He was eventually declared brain-dead.

His sister Shirell Powell had

I had seen him now and then, but he didn’t come in very often. He was on the thin side, a hardcore smoker with chronic bronchitis. But he was still running some borderline blood sugars, a quick chart

A few years ago, big data seemed like the Holy Grail — a way for computer programs to find meaning in datasets too big for traditional analysis.

Big data would “transform medicine” (said a 2016 NEJM

With the commencement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s first hearings in Adelaide this week, we can stand by for regular horror stories of neglect and abuse of frail

I was working a few days ago and pulled a tooth. Mind you, it’s not something I do with any regularity.

However, it was a very sweet little lady who was too weak and ill to get to the dentist and had