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Richard Feinmann

Richard Feinmann: Strange “neurologicals”?—think Lyme disease

16 Jul, 12 | by BMJ

I like to read “A Patient’s Journey” in the BMJ, and a recent offering was of special interest for my wife and me. It described a patient’s experience of Lyme neuroborreliosis. Lyme disease is unusual, particularly if you live in Manchester, and as a result it is not high up on the list of differential diagnoses. It produces odd symptoms that, even when diagnosed and treated, take forever to resolve.

My wife and I had recently spent about a year and a half in Uganda without catching any tropical diseases, but then my wife started to feel unwell about nine months after our return. more…

Richard Feinmann on winning a BMJ Group award

27 May, 11 | by BMJ Group

Richard Feinmann

I suppose I could be accused of banging on too much about doctors volunteering at the end of their career. But now I have another reason.

At my age, I thought the days of national and international meetings were long gone. So, what a surprise to find myself at the Hilton on Park Lane with my wife in a lovely new dress and about 500 of the great and good in medicine, for one of the best evenings of my life. more…

Richard Feinmann: Fear of HIV lessening and incidence rising

7 Jun, 10 | by BMJ

Richard FeinmannThere is increasing evidence that for cultural reasons, women are unlikely to use condoms if their family planning method was satisfied through a long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) and that women were more likely to have concurrent partners if the risk of pregnancy was so effectively removed with a LARC. more…

Richard Feinmann on malaria in Lira, Uganda

25 May, 10 | by BMJ

Richard FeinmannWorking as a doctor in Northern Uganda I wonder where to start with healthcare. Since 75% of diseases in Uganda are preventable and since there are very few health workers and little money, especially in a country which is so Kampalacentric, one probably has to follow the government’s prevention line. more…

Richard Feinmann on aid to Africa

13 May, 09 | by BMJ Group

Richard Feinmann Sitting here pondering as a VSO doctor in Uganda I wonder all the time is the aid money to Africa well spent. Uganda gets £70m from the Department for International Development (DFID) and Africa gets about £1.2 billion. I feel some of it could be spent differently. more…

Richard Feinmann on volunteering after retirement

17 Mar, 09 | by BMJ Group

Richard Feinmann What to do when you are a sexagenarian physician who has retired from hospital practice with 40 years in the NHS under your belt and golf/Sudoku not really appealing? Well, my health visitor wife and I applied to Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and I am writing this from a hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where I have been working for five months. more…

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