Rome wasnt built in a day

Built in a Day?

By Steve Allder As the Romans used to say, “Qui tacet, consentit.” So while I feel ambivalent about writing, it is better than silently accepting the status quo. Despite the current crop of bad-news stories, I do not doubt the NHS’s incredible value at home and abroad. Its longevity and ability to preserve the ideals…

The Fourth Quadrant

Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld structured our knowledge into known-knowns, known-unknowns and the famous unknown-unknowns, inadvertently providing a great framework for health. For some reason, he missed the unknown-knowns, presumably the things we don’t know, but that others do. This Fourth Quadrant is the big challenge in healthcare – we can’t do…

An Apple A Day

Isaac Newton’s afternoon under an apple tree shook many ideas, not least our understanding of inertia which, it turned out, was not what brought everything to a halt, but the magical something that kept things as they were until something else stopped them or sped them along. Eventually, he wrapped it up with the bit…

Some like it Blac

In the late seventeenth century, London’s coffee houses drew in thinkers and launched marine insurance, the Stock Exchange and auction houses. Meanwhile, physicians consulted, wits and writers debated, and there was thinking space for scientists.[1] I was reminded of that scene when I was a guest at Café Blac in Glenferrie Road, Melbourne, where 30…