Modern Medicine

The Seven Deadly Sins!

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Were you aware that heart disease is still one of the greatest killers of mankind, ranking a strong second after the Thailand motorcycle riders road toll - OK, I exaggerated…

Living Wills - make one before you need it!

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
One medical situation that appears not to be well understood, is the making of Living Wills.  I am repeatedly asked about whether a Living Will is legal in this country,…

Stenting - a lifesaving procedure

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
The advances in cardiac surgery have been enormous over the past 20 years.  We have gone from some fairly primitive high-risk surgery, to some very, very sophisticated interventional techniques, which…

Shout louder!

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The secret to good communication is to shout louder!  Take, for example, women’s conversational Thai - a language shouted at full volume, with everyone talking at the same time.  For…

Getting “real” medicines!

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The stimulus for this week’s article came from poor old Ms. Hillary who had received a letter on the subject of pharmaceutical costs.  The subject matter did not fit her…

Gout and your diet

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Gout is far more prevalent than you would imagine.  This week we look at the diet for those with gout, and there are some famous sufferers out there, and in…

Flying with a DVT

Friday, 06 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
As you know, we medicos love acronyms, so let’s clear up this new acronym first.  DVT stands for Deep Venous Thrombosis, which describes blood clots, generally in your lower legs.…

A nine-finger discount

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Does you accountant have nine fingers?  If so, get another one!  However, losing a finger is a messy, painful experience, and usually associated with work.  There are about 10,000 cases…

“Slipped discs” - really?

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
How many people have told you that they have a slipped disc?  Would you be one?  Would you believe me that nobody “slips” a disc? I was reminded about back…

Avoiding Growing Old

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
My father had only one fear, and that was of growing old.  Perhaps fortunately for him, it never happened.  He died suddenly of a heart attack aged 56, so was…

Going under the knife

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about preparing for an operation on my right knee after a tear of the cartilage.  It had become obvious that something was astray…

Ladies, it’s your turn

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Every week I will be confronted by a worried farang male who has just found out that his PSA test has become elevated.  This must obviously herald the end of…

Getting to the bare bones of the problem

Friday, 26 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
A few weeks ago, I had what I thought was an inconsequential minor fall, more of a slip really when climbing some steps.  “Ouch” and that was it and I…

How Doctors Die

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
The stimulus for this week’s column was taken from an article by Dr. Ken Murray, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC.  The thrust of the article was on…

Who’s for a Coronary Conclusion?

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Are you next?  Is the Coronary Conclusion yours?  Those who are avid health (or sickness) watchers will know I really mean “Coronary Occlusion”, but it was too much temptation to…
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