Monthly Archives: April 2014

Keep on pretending

Theodore Dalrymple observes the increasing British tendency to substitute unproductive activity for purposeful work. “I realized a long time ago that a very large number of people in a modern economy are paid to do things that not only fail to … Continue reading

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What would Winnie-the-Pooh do?

Gary Doern begins his Journal of Clinical Microbiology editorial, The Value of Outcomes Data in the Practice of Clinical Microbiology, with a quotation from Pooh: “I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit. “No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But … Continue reading

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Allow teams to develop their own measures

Standardising some critical areas of practice through checklists is a useful method that works well for aviation.  It is much more practicable than the never-ending tail-chasing over irrelevant issues that ISO accreditation requires.  Checklists were extended to surgery and initially showed … Continue reading

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The Tamiflu trials

  The Tamiflu trials have been published in the BMJ.  Basically, the drug is rubbish.  But very profitable when governments can be conned into stockpiling it.  Some highlights from the BMJ editorial are below.  Read the full articles.  Spot similarities to the … Continue reading

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Organic shell game

UKAS once tried to gobble up the UK Register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS), the body that certifies products are organic. “It is an independent body, managed by a committee of persons all closely associated with the organic foods industry.” … Continue reading

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Making sense of chaos or making chaos of sense?

This is the pig that was tried, convicted and executed for eating the face off a child in its crib. Not an unusual fate for animal criminals in times past. Nicholas Humphrey recounts the reasons in his history of animal trials, Bugs … Continue reading

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