43 e-Letters

  • Changed contact details
    Peter Morrell

    Please note author's change of email address.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought
    susanne stevens

    It is not widely known that the analysis of psychoanalysis and psychology is a developing field of study. One which covers the topics of empathy, consciousness, subtle interactions and topics of interest to people wishing to increase awareness is on line through the Coursera Network, see Title above. It is a serious study of the history of mysticism and religion and it's influence through the practices of various school...

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  • Performance and palliative care: a drama module for medical students
    Marie Danielle Pillar

    We are impressed by Dr Jeffery and colleagues' innovative styles of medical education in the context of communication skills, self-awareness and ethical thought1. However, it is difficult to be convinced that short theatre workshop alone would affect the same results across an entire cohort of medical students for reasons we will detail here. The module does however offer a refreshing method in critically engaging studen...

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  • Medical Theatre - A dramatic improvement in Medical Education
    Jagdish Chaturvedi

    Dear Dr. Kohn

    I was pleasantly surprised when I read your article highlighting the need for role of Theatre in Medical Education. I have been conducting Theatre workshops to teach complex medical topics over the last couple of years and wanted to share with you the work that has gone in so far.

    Please have a look at my website www.medicaltheatre.com to have a feel of what we have been doing. Our current...

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  • At Last Comics Are Relevant
    Francisco M. Branco Germiniani

    Ian C. M. Williams' article on the use of comics as a suitable medium for medical narratives is a timely evaluation of the potential of the comicbook form to address several medical issues. For a medium that is roughly over a hundred years old (although some scholar might argue that comics had their roots in the inception of printed cartoons, whereas others trace back their origins as far as the Bayeux Tapestries or even...

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  • Re:Possible explanations
    Manuel Vazquez Caruncho

    We thank Dr. Ntanda for his interesting remarks, but we disagree with them. We think temporal lobe epilepsy is the most plausible diagnosis because Chopin had paroxysmal crisis as he was disconnected from reality. Sand and Mme Streicher narrated it quite precisely. To the best of our knowledge he had neither alteration in his mental status, nor problems in orientation, nor cognition deficit, thus a confusional state see...

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  • Possible explanations
    Andrew K Ntanda

    I read with interest Caruncho and Fernandez postulation of Chopin possibly having temporal lobe epilepsy, and resultant complex hallucinations. I was struck by a few other explanations which could account for these bizarre phenomena. He was in a state of poor health, and could have had a few subacute confusional state in clear consciousness. Secondly it is not uncommon for truly gifted people such as Chopin to have synaes...

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  • Re:Composing causes of death and disease
    Manuel Vazquez Caruncho

    We thank van Bodegom and Engelaer for their interesting letter. They pose a fundamental philosophic and practical issue in modern medicine: causation. Nevertheless, we did not intend to elaborate a causal network of the diseases of Chopin. Our aim was to find an explanation to a few biographical accounts of the composer and make a retrospective clinical diagnosis. Our diagnostic guess is a syndromic one as we can't provi...

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  • Embarrassing Bodies
    susanne stevens mccabe

    One of the best episodes (and probably most shocking to thousands of people of all ages)of a medical programmes in UK dealt exactly with the need to reassure people about the huge variation in genitalia. Shocking because genitalia are so taboo that a penis still cannot usually even be shown on TV. The programme continues to run a web site so that people can see different genitalia for themselves and also to share experi...

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  • Can physicians sanction religious/ spiritual treatment alongside conventional medical therapy?
    Deen M Mirza

    I would like to commend the authors for implementing an interesting and pertinent educational programme on spirituality. As a primary care doctor seeing patients in the Middle East, I am aware of the wide range of complaints Muslim patients will attribute to spirit or 'jinn' possession, ranging from infertility, to headaches, to depression and so on.

    Our approach in dealing with such health beliefs in Muslim pati...

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