Featured Writings & Publications

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Charlie Gard and the ethics commentator

Journal of Medical Ethics Blog (18th July 2017)
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Charlie Gard and his clinical ethicist

The Hippocratic Post (17th July 2017)
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The Charlie Gard case - an ethicist in the courtroom

British Medical Journal (14th July 2017)
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Listening to patients is not enough

British Medical Journal (2nd June 2017)
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Should healthcare professionals breach confidentiality when a patient is unfit to drive?

British Medical Journal (31st March 2017)
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The ethics of the on-call rota

British Medical Journal (4th January 2017)
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Teaching medical ethics: useful or useless?

British Medical Journal (8th December 2016)
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Who will operate on you?

British Medical Journal (7th October 2016) (behind paywall)
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Preparing for when things go wrong

British Medical Journal (25th August 2016)
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Medicine's solemn moments

British Medical Journal (10th August 2016)
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Embracing the ethically complicated patient

British Medical Journal (5th July 2016)
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The messiness of medicine

British Medical Journal (31st March 2016)
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Doctors in danger

British Medical Journal (23rd February 2016)
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Cautionary tales about DNACPR

British Medical Journal (5th January 2016)
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Doing the right thing

British Medical Journal (20th October 2015)
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Is it time for medical ethics experts in lack of consent cases?

PI Brief Update Law Journal (12th October 2015)
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The case of Chelsea’s Dr Eva Carneiro

The Daily Telegraph (18th August 2015)
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The moral imperative for bioethics

Practical Ethics Blog (3rd August 2015)
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Let’s raise a glass to the ordinary sensible patient

British Medical Journal (28th July 2015)View
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Once a month or raising the status of medical ethics

British Medical Journal (2nd June 2015)View
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Update on the UK law on consent

British Medical Journal (16th March 2015)
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How to treat a Piraha: medical ethics and cultural difference

British Medical Journal (18th February 2015)
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Don’t forget the relatives

British Medical Journal (3rd December 2014)
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Ebola: when healthcare workers’ duty to treat is trumped

BBC News Online (29th October 2014)
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Defending the sophisticated consent attack

British Medical Journal (28th October 2014)
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Lessons from the Ashya King case (with Aidan O’Brien)

British Medical Journal (10th September 2014)
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Renewing the call for clinical ethicists

British Medical Journal (5th September 2014)
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Ebola, ethics and the WHO’s decision

Practical Ethics Online (14th August 2014)
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Resolving the ethics of the Ebola dilemma

BBC News Online (11th August 2014)
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Moral judgement in medical ethics,

Oxford Medical School Gazette (July 2014pp.28-29)
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The exam scam

British Medical Journal (28th July 2014)
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Let’s stop consenting patients

British Medical Journal (19th March 2014)
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Beware the lies of patients,

British Medical Journal (22nd January 2014)
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The surgeon’s mark

BBC News Online (27th December 2013)
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When law and ethics diverge: the ethics of intimate body searches

British Medical Journal (22nd November 2013)
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Best interests and futility under the judicial microscope

Journal of Medical Ethics (guest blog) (14th November 2013)
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“First do no harm” revisited

British Medical Journal (25th October 2013)
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Students deserve a fair hearing from universities

Times Higher Education Supplement (24th October 2013)
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The judge as medical ethicist

British Medical Journal (29th August 2013)
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How magic can help teach students about medical ethics

Journal of Medical Ethics (guest blog) (24th August 2013)
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Waking up to the effects of fatigue in doctors

British Medical Journal (5th August 2013)
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Patients we don’t like

British Medical Journal (19th June 2013)
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Seven ways to hone your ethics skills

British Medical Journal (8th May 2013)
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The ethical gift box: suggestions for improving the ethical conduct of doctors

British Medical Journal (25 March 2013)
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Surgical Ethics

British Journal of Surgery March 201385:435-437 (subscription needed)
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“The patient would have died anyway”

British Medical Journal (15 January 2013)
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How good a doctor do you need to be?

British Medical Journal (21 November 2012)
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Law, ethics and the duty of care

British Medical Journal (10 October 2012)
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Is bioethics a bully?

British Medical Journal (3 September 2012)
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A passion for accuracy

British Medical Journal (23 July 2012)
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How to be a cool headed clinician

British Medical Journal (8 June 2012)
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The hardest thing: admitting error

British Medical Journal (2 May 2012)
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No laughing matter

British Medical Journal (21 March 2012)
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Matters of life and death and quality of life

British Medical Journal (1 February 2012)
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How can I avoid being sued?

British Medical Journal (14 December 2011)
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Boxing, mixed martial arts, and other risky sports: is the BMA confused?

British Medical Journal (1 November 2011)
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Ethical dilemmas in the acute setting: a framework for clinicians

British Medical Journal (13 September 2011)
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Bariatric surgery and justice in an imperfect world

British Medical Journal (2 August 2011)
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The medical ethics of the battlefield

British Medical Journal (20 July 2011)
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The Ethics of Disaster Medicine

Matheson and Hawley (eds) ‘Making sense of disaster medicine’ (2010) London: Hodder Arnold, pp.268-296
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Crouching tiger, hidden surgeon

British Medical Journal (15 June 2011)
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The lawyer’s brief on ethics

British Medical Journal (27 April 2011)
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Make the care of your patient your first concern

British Medical Journal (5 February 2011)
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When is restraint appropriate?

British Medical Journal (4 August 2010)
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How to think like an ethicist

British Medical Journal (23 June 2010)
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What to tell junior doctors about ethics

British Medical Journal (12 May 2010)
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The moment of truth

British Medical Journal (17 April 2010)
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When doctors deceive each other?

British Medical Journal (17 February 2010)
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What is society’s problem with older mothers?

BBC News Online (26 January 2010)
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Searching for medical Rumpoles

British Medical Journal (9 January 2010)
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Wonder in Medicine

British Medical Journal (25 November 2009)
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The unpalatable truth about ethics committees

British Medical Journal (17 October 2009)
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Consultation activities of clinical ethics committees in the United Kingdom: an empirical study and wake-up call

Postgraduate Medical Journal, September 2009, 85:451-454
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Hippocrates, Michael Jackson and Medical Ethics

British Medical Journal (2 September 2009)
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Informed consent is more than just a patient’s signature

British Medical Journal (27 August 2009)
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Lives on the line? Ethics and practicalities of duty of care in pandemics and disasters

(with Dr Anita Simonds)European Respiratory JournalAugust 200934 (2):303-309
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General practitioners face ethico-legal problems too!

(with Professors Len and Lesley Doyal) Postgraduate Medical Journal, 2009, 85:393-394
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If swine flu bites, who gets care?

BBC News Online (22 July 2009)
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Raising the ethical standards in neurosurgery

Acta Neurochirurgica (July 9, 2009)
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Who wants to be the flu GP?

(modified version of BMJ article below for general reader) BBC Online (6 July 2008)
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Who wants to be the flu doctor?

British Medical Journal (29 June 2009)
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The slipperiness of futility

British Medical Journal (5 June 2009)
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Medical classics

Thomas Percival’s Medical Ethics
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Balancing protection and respect in paediatrics

(with Professors Len and Lesley Doyal) Postgraduate Medical Journal, April 2009, 85 (1002):169-170
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Just do as you’re told

(with Dr Deborah Bowman) Student British Medical Journal, April 2009, 17:b977
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The death of DNR

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Success from surgical checklists breeds idea for ethical checks

(article by Kevin O’Reilly on the use of ethical checklists in hospitals introduced in ‘Rethinking ward rounds’ BMJ 4 March 2009 – see below for that article) American Medical News 13 April 2009
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Good medicine, human rights and the rights of doctors

(with Professors Len and Lesley Doyal) Postgraduate Medical Journal, March 2009, 85 (1001): 113-114.
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The value of hospital chaplains

BBC News Online (08 April 2009)
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Sweetening the scent: commentary on ‘what principlism misses’

Journal of Medical Ethics, April 2009, 35 (4): 232-233
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Rethinking ward rounds

British Medical Journal (4th March 2009)
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Do we need a concept of intraoperative complication?

(with Dr James Wilson) World Journal of Surgery, February 2009 (Online First)
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Secrets and lies

(with Dr Deborah Bowman) Student British Medical Journal, February 2009, 17: 50-51
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The ethics of surgical complications

(with Drs S. Adedeji, T. Palser and M. McKneally) World Journal of Surgery, February 2009 (Online First)
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The new kid on the ward round

(with Dr Nneka Mokwunye) BBC News Online (19 January 2009)
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When can doctors stay away?

British Medical Journal (16 January 2009)
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But you’re not a doctor!

British Medical Journal (3 January 2009)
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Just having a laugh

(with Dr Deborah Bowman) Student British Medical Journal, January 2009, 17: 10-11
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Paving the way for assisted suicide

British Medical Journal (11 December 2008)
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Should we amputate medical history?

Academic Medicine, December 2008, 83 (12): 1162-1164
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Heroic treatment ; reflections on harm

Academic Medicine, December 2008, 83 (12): 1166-1167
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A guide to the Hippocratic Oath

BBC News Online (26 October 2008)
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The harms of medicoplasty

British Medical Journal (7 October 2008)
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Ethics and epidemics

American Journal of Bioethics (16 September 2008)
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Argus and the Cyclops in the clinic

British Medical Journal (9 September 2008)
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Medicine as performance; what can magicians teach doctors?

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (September 2008)
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Clinical ethics comes of age

British Medical Journal (27 August 2008)
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The minefield of medical morals

BBC Online (2 August 2008)
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Clarifying best interests

British Medical Journal (2 August 2008)
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“What does the law say?”

British Medical Journal (30 June 2008)
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The ‘Four Quadrants’ approach to clinical ethics case analysis

Journal of Medical Ethics, July 2008.
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The essence of medicine: an ethicist in the neurology department

British Medical Journal (24th May 2008)
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Tricky exam questions; examination ethics for students

Student British Medical Journal (May 2008)
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A crisis of confidence

British Medical Journal (22nd March 2008)
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The dilemma of authorship

British Medical Journal (1st March 2008)
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The ethical junior: a typology of ethical issues faced by house officers

(with Ros McDougall) Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, February 2008, 10:167-70
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What is a surgical complication?

(with Dr James Wilson) World Journal of Surgery, February 2008 (Online First)
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Getting a taste of their own medicine

British Medical Journal (2nd February 2008)
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How far would you go?

British Medical Journal (26th January 2008)
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A perforated education

British Medical Journal (8th December 2007)
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William Osler and the jubjub of ethics

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine December 2007.
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Letter to a new medical student

Lancet Student November 2007
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Aequanimitas

British Medical Journal (17th November 2007)
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Katie’s hysterectomy

– a medical ethicist’s viewBBC Online08/09/2007
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Ethicist on the ward round

British Medical Journal (29th September 2007)
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No patient is an island

British Medical Journal (15th September 2007)
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It’s tough at the sharp end of medicine

BBC Online, 13th August 2007
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Indian patients suffer in silence

BBC Online, 23rd July 2007
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The ethics of reality TV

(with Dr James Wilson), BBC Online, 21st February 2007
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Can deceiving patients be morally acceptable?

British Medical Journal (12th May 2007)
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Inside the mind of the doctor

(review of Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think) BBC Online, 9th May 2007
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What would you dodoctor?

British Medical Journal (21st April 2007)
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What makes a good death?

BBC Online, 21st February 2007
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Confidentiality and telephone consultations

Time for a password (with Dr Josip Car), Journal of Medical Ethics (December 2006)
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The right way to argue

BBC Online, 20th December 2006
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Playing mind games

BBC Online, 6th December 2006
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The changing nature of medicine

BBC Online, 3rd December 2006
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Life and death in the neonatal clinic

Sunday Sentinel, 19th November 2006
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Time to get streetwise

British Medical Journal (9th December 2006)
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An inconvenient truth; how poor handwriting remains a problem in medical practice

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (December 2006)
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Unveiling the Oxbridge interview

BBC Online, 16th October 2006
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The Irwin video: would you watch it?

BBC Online, 8th September 2006
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Can doctors ever abandon their post?

BBC Online, 16th August 2006
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Virulent epidemics and scope of healthcare workers’ duty of care

Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, volume 8, issue 12, August 2006
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The need for a father? An ethical viewpoint

BBC Online, 14th July 2006
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Ethics in practice: a family’s request for deception (letter to the editor)

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, volume 88, issue 8, August 2006
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The trick of solving boredom on wards

BBC Online, 15th June 2006 (a modifiedless academic version of the article below)
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A magical education

British Medical Journal 10/06/2006
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The ‘Mount Everest’ dilemma

BBC Online, 25th May 2006
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The ethics of assisted suicide

BBC Online, 11th May 2006
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What if: the results

BBC Online Magazine, 4th May 2006
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What if…

BBC Online Magazine, 2nd May 2006
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A case of dubious consent

Junior Dr issue 2 (May 2006)

What is false hope?

Journal of Clinical Ethics, 2006, volume 17, issue 4, 367-368

Protecting confidentiality in telephone consultations in General Practice

(with Dr Josip Car) British Journal of General Practice (May 2006)
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Baby MB – a medical ethicist’s view

BBC Online Magazine, 15th March 2006
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Physician wash thy hands

International Herald Tribune, 2nd March 2006
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Truth-telling and deception in the doctor-patient relationship: a case analysis

Clinical Ethics vol. 1 issue 3130-134 - The PDF is the article’s proofs. The final version has no significant changes.
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My colleague’s incompetent – what shall I do?

Junior Dr issue 1 February 2006
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Dissecting ‘Deception'

Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, volume 15, 457-464
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Doctors’ first duty: professional or personal?

International Herald Tribune, 22nd October 2005
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Get inside your doctor’s head

BBC Online Magazine, 12th October 2005
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Calling a spade a spade: doctors, student doctors and medical students

British Medical Journal, 3rd September 2005
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Life is like a tooth; Teaching medical humanities through literature

Clinical Teacher (June 2005)
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Meeting the ethical needs of doctors

British Medical Journal (2nd April 2005)
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The doctor’s ethical dilemma

(with Dr Kerry Bowman), The Times, 11th March 2005
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The moral of Santa’s story

BBC Online, 24th December 2004
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How to be a good medical student

Journal of Medical Ethics (December 2004)
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The not-so-sweet science: the role of the medical profession in boxing

Journal of Medical Ethics (October 2004)
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The double-edged sword of trust in medicine

Contributing editorial International Herald Tribune, 13th September 2004

The use of ethics in the EFL classroom

English Teaching Forum (October 2004)
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Brought to heal or heel?

BBC Online Magazine, 31st August 2004
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Danger: white coats

The Independent, 2nd August 2004

Some ethical issues to think about Rapid Response to paper on SARS

British Medical Journal, 9th July 2004

Medical Ethics: Truth is not always the best medicine

International Herald Tribune, 29th June 2004

The ethics of face transplants

International Herald Tribune, 16th June 2004

The silence of the healers at Abu Ghraib

Contributing Editorial (with Ronald P. Sokol) International Herald Tribune 29/05/2004

Reflecting on our ‘yuk’

Think (Issue 9 Spring 2005)

In medicine, ’yuk’ is not a useful guide

International Herald Tribune, 18th May 2004
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Is medical ethics malodorous?

(with Dr Piers Benn), Hospital Doctor, 13th May 2004
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How (not) to be a good patient

British Medical Journal, 328 (7437), 20th February 2004
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Take one Tolstoy with each meal

The Times, 14th March 2004

Can lies be good medicine?

The Globe and Mail (Canada), 7th February 2004
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To live and let die,

The Guardian, 11th September 2003
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Trust me I’m a doctor

The Independent, 5th January 2004
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How to father a child when dead

Think (Summer 2004 issue)
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The proliferation of cheerfulness

(Winner of the 3rd Oxfordshire Science Writing Competition1999) Oxford Times, 26th March 1999

The duty to care and severe infectious disease

MSc thesis Imperial College London.
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From anonymity to notoriety: a history of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever

MSc thesis Oxford University.
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