The real “Hippocratic” oath

Hippocrates may have worked at a temple of Asclepius.  He may have claimed direct descent from Asclepius.  Or, he may have just been a healer, as “Asclepiad” could have many meanings.

The only thing we know for sure is that Hippocrates became a legend.  The most reliable historical record that Hippocrates did in fact exist is the following conversation of Socrates and Phaedrus, as recorded by Plato: Continue reading “The real “Hippocratic” oath”

First aid: To be a primary responder with DR ABC

We all hear about primary responders in the news.   When help is needed, the first responders are those who help first.  They may be police officers, firefighters, in some cases soldiers, medical specialists, or even ordinary civilians who have some know how.

When you see someone who might be in need of first aid, one form of primary response is DR ABC. (There’s also the ABCDE response, intended for those with more knowledge.) Continue reading “First aid: To be a primary responder with DR ABC”

Scary first aid facts:

A blocked airway can kill you in only three minutes!

If you get a cut, better hope it’s on a vein, because if it’s an artery, and the blood comes out quickly, it only takes three minutes to bleed to death!

If you suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital, there is a 90 percent chance it will kill you.  However, your chances increase if you get CPR within two minutes (and if the ambulance arrives within eight.)

Only 41 percent of people in the UK have the confidence to even try to save your life!  Better hope the other 59% reach you within three minutes!

But scariest of all, if you’re like 80% of the population, you will need first aid sometime!

But what if you are among the 59% who are confident enough to try and help? Is your confidence enough to save a life? Continue reading “Scary first aid facts:”

Human doctors will always be needed, Kai-Fu Lee predicts

While computers might help with diagnosis, and technology is making diagnosis more accurate, human doctors will always be with us.

Kai-Fu Lee, a popular blogger on Chinese social media, runs Sinovation Ventures, which invests heavily in artificial intelligence.  He sees this as the wave of the future, changing the way we earn and learn, as well as how we are treated for disease.  Tech crunch reports Lee as saying:

“AI is really changing every profession and every industry. There’s almost nothing that won’t be touched by AI.  You could easily imagine education applications for instance — AI could replace a lot of the basic teaching functions. Medicine and health are also key areas.”

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Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?

The Cambrian News reported that in a care home two hours north of Aberystwyth, a nurse was using Google Translate to communicate with patients.

Yes, the adverts that we of the man using Google translate to book a hotel are cute, but is the device being mis-sold as a substitute for learning a language?  Would you trust an automated computer with your health?  Or even a hotel booking? Continue reading “Reliance on technology could put care patients at risk, but did it?”