Ancient greeks, soulmates, and botox - how our feelings change our looks, and how our looks change our feelings.
Each of us when separated, having one side only, like a flat fish, is but the tally-half of a man, and he is always looking for his other half. Men who are a section of that double nature which was once called androgynous are lovers of women. … The women who are a section of the woman do not care for men, but have female attachments; the female companions are of this sort. But they who are a section of the male follow the male, and while they are young, being slices of the original man, they have affection for men and embrace them.
When we think of people and their partners, we may not agree with Aristophanes that we’re looking for the other part of the person we once were, back before we pissed off Zeus; but many still look for their ‘other half’.
With these thoughts of two halves; when we look at those who have been in a (happy) relationship for a while, it’s often surprising how similar they can be to one another. If you take your favourite grandparents as an example, the similarity isn’t just in mannerisms and views, often it’s in appearance and facial expressions. Of course, people will often choose relationships with those they’re similar to in the first place; but it’s much more than that. If you follow these relationships, as time passes the two partners become more and more alike. Not only that, but the happier the relationship, the more the couple ‘merges’ in appearance (1)
Turns out asterix and obelix themselves were responsible for well over half of traumatic brain injuries in the books (57.6% if we’re counting). Apparently the magic potion may have had something to do with these high rates….
“Like a bomb went off. ” That’s the only way that I can describe what we saw next. Patients were coming into the ED in droves. It was absolute, utter chaos. They were limping, bleeding, crying, terrified, with debris and glass sticking out of them, just thankful to be alive. The floor was covered with about 3 inches of water, there was no power, not even backup generators, rendering it completely dark and eerie in the ED. The frightening aroma of methane gas leaking from the broken gas lines permeated the air; we knew, but did not dare mention aloud, what that meant. I redoubled my pace.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged £814m to help vaccinate children around the world against preventable diseases like pneumonia.
But we still don’t have complete vaccination against TB in the UK even though it has been recognised as a problem only babies born in risk areas will be vaccinated. Would like a little help with dealing with preventable diseases here Mr Prime Minister.
If it’s the babies born in ‘risk areas’ who are getting vaccines; wouldn’t that mean it’s those who aren’t at risk who aren’t getting the vaccine? So the ones who don’t need it anyway? (silly point I know, but I’m half serious)
Yes we need to not take advantage of herd immunity, but when we think about TB as a disease, it’s one of those guys which you need to be exposed to for a while to catch. Its why we can contact trace for TB quite nicely. So you can focus on ‘at risk areas’ far more specifically, especially when we know quite well what the at risk groups are.
Currently lurking the twitter journal club #twitjc (didn’t read the paper so have nothing useful to say)…
Turns out reading the paper became less and less necessary as time went on, the whole thing migrated into a discussion of the medical professions role in social change, medicalisation of society, etc etc.
Anyway, cool stuff, follow #twitjc this time next week for more of the same…
Doctors and other health professionals are to be asked to help identify people who are at risk of being drawn into violent extremism as a part of an updated strategy to combat terrorism unveiled by the home secretary, Theresa May.
This is odd, Theresa May seems to think that doctors should focus on whether someone’s a bit shifty looking rather than treating them as a patient.
Doctors already have a responsibility to break confidentiality when there is a real risk of harm to the public; why on earth is it thought that this issue should be singled out?
I realise that there would be occasions that would require reporting, but this should happen under our current set up.
There’s also the issue that without any training in identifying those at risk, chances are these new reports would rely entirely on racial and cultural profiling.
I accept that ‘mental patient’ is worse than service user. This is a term I don’t think anyone should ever use. Self-defining is the way forward.
I’ve got properly confused as to which thing I’m replying to now so went for the most recent :) I would agree that self defining would be the way to go, in working out what works best for everyone involved.
That’s why I said context matters at the start; personally my experience with health care providers has been mainly after falling off things and feeling a bit sorry for myself, so I’m fine with patient. I can see how someone else, (e.g. someone going through CBT for anxiety) may not see themselves as a patient.
Final thought before I run off; if you were working in a health care setting with someone who wished to be described as crazy, would you be comfortable doing so? Or, (this is said as someone who honestly hasn’t a clue about the mad pride movement), would that never really happen? Is it more of a re-appropriated term that would only get used amongst people who would all describe themselves as mad?
I’ve had this conversation with someone before: I’m interested to know, what term would you prefer? It’s meant to be more empowering…
I would definitely side with you on this one, sure it’s all about context but ‘service users’ does make me squirm.
A service user could be anything, they could be someone with a gym card just as easily as someone in a hospital bed.
I realise that from some angles that could be seen as a plus, the doctors/nurses/whoever aren’t seeing you as a someone with a disease, they’re seeing you as a human in general.
Personally though, if I was sitting there waiting for surgery, I’d want the nurse in the ward to think of me as a ‘patient’, with everything that entails. I’d want them to see that I was in pain, that I was a bit scared, and that I wanted to feel better. I think those things come across in ‘patient’, and are lost in ‘service user’. Patient may have problems in its emphasis on the illness, but I think it also focuses peoples empathy too.