Pejorative Words or ‘The bed blocker with acopia in bed 14 that passed away, having lost her fight’

By Dr Ollie Minton (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, somewhere in London town), Dr Erica Borgstrom (Medical Anthropologist, Open University), Dr Mark Taubert (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, somewhere in Wales)               When The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published, readers were not much disturbed by Mark Twain’s use of the n-word, let […]

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Palliative care in space – breaking bad news to a satellite

by Dr Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Velindre NHS Trust, Cardiff, Wales @DrMarkTaubert What do you do when a piece of debris in space sends out a distress message via Twitter? This particular message read as follows: “Your people predict I will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere early 2017. You’ll get messages until […]

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It’s good to talk and even better to communicate effectively

by Dr Ollie Minton, Macmillan consultant and honorary senior lecturer in palliative medicine I remember the old British Telecom adverts moving from Maureen Lipman’s “ooh he’s got an ology” to the final incarnation of Bob Hoskins “It’s good to talk”. I’m fairly certain after this, the internet took off and the simple phone call was […]

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Kate Granger

by Dr Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff On  July 23, 2016, Dr. Kate Granger died at St Gemma’s Hospice. Goodbye  Kate. Some words. Where can we live, but days? A message you sent me in October 2013 read, “I have high expectations of myself & what I can achieve – I […]

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