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A hundred years ago
01 Aug 2016
The idea of employing the electrically provoked activity of the muscles as a therapeutic agent has been made practical by the perfection of the present apparatus. It acts quite independently of the patient’s will, and demands no expenditure; its application is not restricted by any crippling condition of the joints, and, whilst avoiding any dangerous strain upon the heart, it provides an amount of exercise sufficient to start a more or less rapid lipolysis. With the internal reserves thus more freely available, it is the usual thing to find that the patient’s appetite diminishes, in spite of the muscular work electrically excited, until all desire is satisfied with a small amount of food and a very slender diet is supported with absolute comfort. The food supply is reduced without difficulty below the figure of expenditure. Perhaps the most interesting and surprising feature, in many cases of all ages, is the rapidity with which physical activity may be regained under treatment.
23 Jun 2016
WITH SIR CLIFFORD ALLBUTT as its high priest, bleeding, with restraint, is in the process of coming by its own again. I first heard Sir Clifford Allbutt speak in praise of blood-letting in 1907, and I find this view confirmed in his recently published book. Blood letting has been advocated during the last fifteen years by those best qualified to speak of it from experience, namely, the general practitioners. However, they speak furtively, shamefacedly, and in the fear of the pseudo-scientific superman. These gentle counsellors have been assailed with such vociferous energy by the pseudo-scientist, that their timid voices have scarcely been heard.
Prescription only analgesics widely available on the internet
21 May 2009
Patients can readily obtain controlled opioids and other POMs from internet pharmacies without a prescription, a research team from Edinburgh has shown. This study found that of 96 websites selling analgesics to customers in the UK, 46 provided POMs, and 35 of these did not require the customer to have a valid prescription. #Controlled analgesics with the potential for misuse and dependence are freely available in large amounts from internet pharmacies without prescription in the UK. Lack of regulation of online suppliers means that medication can be fake, may contain more, or less, active ingredient than advertised, and may contain harmful ingredients. This presents a risk to public health, and should be borne in mind when GPs prescribe.'