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Generic drugs are the same as branded versions even if they don’t always look as pretty
A raised or decreased respiratory rate is a sensitive marker for problems such as infection and opiate overdose
It is not news that antibiotics don’t work on viruses – and yet GPs still overprescribe them
It only takes one sperm to fertilise an egg but in natural conception you need millions in order to be in with a chance
The hallmark of a bunion is what happens to the toe itself rather than to the joint at its base: the toe veers away from the midline
There is no universal system, as each ward is a village with its own customs and traditions, let alone across the NHS
Antibiotics containing penicillin are the commonest cause of drug allergies, although dangerous reactions are fortunately rare
Steroid nasal sprays illustrate the first rule of successful prescribing: tell the patient what to expect
Last year over 25 million people waited a week or more to see their GP. Everyone agrees this is too long
‘Patients entering hospital are in a vulnerable state; it is easy to push their kidneys into decline’
‘The chart belongs to a disappearing world of purely clinical medicine, where description and observation counted for everything’
‘The strokes caused by atrial fibrillation are more likely to be fatal and, if you survive, you have a higher chance of being severely disabled’