Tales from Phoenix #1 – Orthodontics

Last week I spent two days in Phoenix Arizona at the excellent ConationNation conference organised by Kolbe Corp. The conference was as inspiring and educational as usual and, as ever with these things, one learns much during the breaks. One of the great conversations was with someone who works for a brokerage that sells orthodonticContinue reading “Tales from Phoenix #1 – Orthodontics”

White House Report Concludes That Bite-Mark Analysis Is Junk Science

Don’t shoot the messenger.. THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded that forensic bite-mark evidence is not scientifically valid and is unlikely ever to be validated, according to a draft report obtained by The Intercept. The report, titled “Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods,” is markedContinue reading “White House Report Concludes That Bite-Mark Analysis Is Junk Science”

How to protect yourself from unwanted customer feedback….

There is a PS to this story which I’ll put here. Expedia did make contact with me after my comments and were sympathetic and understanding about the problems that were caused by American Airlines. (Just saying, “I am so sorry to hear what you went through was a great start”). I am now attempting toContinue reading “How to protect yourself from unwanted customer feedback….”

The Monday Morning Quote #386

“Humankind seems to teeter between hubris and paranoia: the hubris of our ever-growing power contrasts with the paranoia that we’re permanently and increasingly under threat. At the zenith we realise we have to come down again…we know that we have more than we deserve or can defend, so we become nervous. Somebody, something is goingContinue reading “The Monday Morning Quote #386”

If only he had worn a suit and tie….

The CQC Borg will decide…. …..in 2014 when the inspectors last came. He had explained his philosophy and modus operandi, talking of medicine as an art form, “being a human being so patients feel they know well me enough to trust, while maintaining boundaries – compassionate detachment, I call it.” “On that occasion,” he willContinue reading “If only he had worn a suit and tie….”

The Good Practitioner’s Guide to Periodontology – Launched!

Philip Greene changed my life in a hotel room in Leicester. In Autumn 1987 I was having one of my off periods in my on/off affair with dentistry. I had been working as an associate in a nice new-build practice for a couple of years and was negotiating to buy a share. To my surpriseContinue reading “The Good Practitioner’s Guide to Periodontology – Launched!”

Bonded v Vacuum formed retainers? Kevin O’Brien’s blog.

It was interesting that there were no differences between the retention regimes.  As a result, I think that our patients should decide on their retainer.  We should  outline the various risks and benefits of wearing and maintaining these two different types of retainer and explain that there is no difference in their effectiveness. Most ofContinue reading “Bonded v Vacuum formed retainers? Kevin O’Brien’s blog.”

How to make better decisions: consider two options rather than just one.

From John Naughton’s blog. It’s not rocket science. Ohio State University professor Paul Nutt spent a career studying strategic decisions in businesses and nonprofits and government organizations. The number of alternatives that leadership teams consider in 70 percent of all important strategic decisions is exactly one. Yet there’s evidence that if you get a secondContinue reading “How to make better decisions: consider two options rather than just one.”