Food, the new religion

At lunch today we had a loaf of utterly delicious bread. My wife commented “Aren’t you glad you aren’t gluten-intolerant?” Indeed I am! Her question prompted me to reflect on the absurdly high percentage of the Australian population which claims to be gluten intolerant; roughly five times higher than the scientifically verifiable incidence. Western society […]

Pap smear etiquette

    As a male doctor, one tries, when dealing with female patients, to maintain a certain professional distance, never more so than when doing a gynaecological examination, not just looking but touching and indeed penetrating the woman. There must be no hint of awareness of a sexual context. Strangely though, women are generally at pains, when […]