The Pitfalls of Diagnostic Labels: Life-saving Oxygen Therapy, COPD and Critical Illness

BACKGROUND   I feel there is a widespread misconception amongst medical students and medical practitioners resulting in patients with COPD occasionally being deprived of life-saving oxygen therapy during times of critical non-COPD illness.   Quite rightly we are taught at medical school to be aware of the risk of precipitating type II respiratory failure by […]

The Stethoscope Is Just A Tube

When teaching a pair of junior medical students at the bedside I was reminded of a widespread misconception amongst medical undergraduates (and perhaps postgraduates?) with regards to clinical examination. Perhaps it originates from the stethoscope’s iconic status as the doctor’s tool of diagnosis, but this misconception is that the stethoscope is, on its own, at […]