The Monday Morning Quote #452

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little – do what you can.”

Sidney Smith

 

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Education, education, education or have I missed the point?

From The Times via BDA, the words of another one of those Johnson boys.

Universities urged to make more money from research

Universities are to be measured on how well they work with business, collaborate on research and development and sell their intellectual property. Jo Johnson, the universities minister, will say today that a “knowledge exchange framework” will be developed to analyse how good a job universities do at putting their research to commercial use. In Britain, more research takes place in universities than in comparable countries, at 26 per cent compared with 17 per cent in Germany and 13 per cent in the US. British university revenues from engagement with businesses are growing slowly, at only 1 per cent a year. American universities earn almost 40 per cent more from intellectual property licences as a percentage of their overall research resources than those in the UK. The University of Queensland in Australia earns more than any Russell Group university from this source. The Higher Education Innovation Fund, which helps universities to sell their intellectual property, is to be given £40 million by the government, taking it to £200 million in 2018-19.

No doubt there will be “World Class” hyperbole/BS that goes along with this. Remind me what is the primary function of a university?

Should you lie in the sun?

I periodically share information gleaned from a well know dermatologist.

This time there’s also a video where, to celebrate an auspicious birthday, my little brother shows the results of his experiments in cloning.

It is well worth a watch, or two.

The Monday Morning Quote #451

“The impossible attracts me because everything possible has been done and the world didn’t change.”

 Sun Ra

via Alex Ross

The Monday Morning Quote #450

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

The Weekend Read – This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Very few, if any, books have made me weep with laughter and cry with upset in the space of a couple of pages but Adam Kay’s memoir of his years as a junior hospital doctor managed it. The final chapter left me in bits for many reasons.

I ordered the book thinking it would be a 21st century continuation of Richard Gordon’s, “Doctor in the House” or Colin Douglas’s “The Houseman’s Tale”. In one sense it is; the language is not entirely medical, Adam refers to Obs & Gynae, his chosen speciality, as “brats and twats” and there is plenty of normal hospital human behaviour. Clearly the author was able to tolerate the life of a junior doctor even though, “The hours are terrible, the pay is terrible . . . But there’s no better job in the world”, until something happened.

The significant difference is that whilst the idealism, the diseases, the people and their mistakes have remained much the same, the political interference and attitude to professionals has fundamentally changed. Doctor in the House was written in the idealism of the immediate post-Bevan years (1952) and The Houseman’s Tale just pre-Thatcher (1978) when I was just starting my spell as a hospital resident. This is set in am era dominated by Jeremy Hunt’s predecessors and their ilk, (the author includes an open letter to The Secretary of State for Health) where there has been a slow strangulation of health care in spite of the best efforts of those working within it the system. These diaries were written during the years 2006-10, sadly things have not improved.

Essential reading for anyone who works in or is a recipient of healthcare in the UK – perhaps not if you and your partner are expecting your first child.

Available from The Book Depository HERE

 

 

The Monday Morning Quote #449

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Edmund Burke

 

 

 

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