Category Archives: Health

Blog post: Innovation, Ageing and Healthcare – a talk

Here's a talk on innovation in healthcare that I gave this afternoon at Imperial Business School to Professor James Barlow's students. I hope they found it useful. Innovation in Healthcare I've been interacting with James for a few years now. He's … Continue reading

And there there were none

I heard some time ago that the works of Iris Murdoch, a literary figure famous not just for her works but also her descent in the hell of Alzheimer's disease, trace the decline of her mind at an early stage, … Continue reading

Skilled Practitioners and Concrete Cabbages

It is always nice to see something come to fruition. This is especially true of a Ph.D thesis, the production of which I often liken, in terms of its experience quotient, to the excretion of a concrete cabbage.  So I … Continue reading


Via the BMJ (Vol 337 11th October) a short piece about Gina Glover, an artist who has just finished a year long residency at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust For more see Art In Hospitals which is a catalogue … Continue reading

Big Job, Good Job

Thinking Allowed (10th Sept 2008) alerted me to this fascinating looking book on, well, poo. It appears to adopt the now familiar 'social life' approach examining a substance and set of practices which, for reasons that are as obvious as … Continue reading

Healthy Mass Observation

The Mass Observation project/movement lives on (new website too). I'm particularly intrerested in the latest directive – call to observers to write in on a specific issue (want to become one?) - which is focused on health and social care experiences – You … Continue reading

Scale and Diligence

A brief excerpt from the wonderful book by Atul Gawande Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Perfomance, which details a WHO led effort to try to prevent the spread of polio in southern India when a case was detected there in … Continue reading

Let Me Die A Young Man's Death

One of the participants at the Chronic Care at the Summit, Prof Roy Jones, qouted the second verse of this poem. Let Me Die A Young Man’s Death (Roger McGough) Let me die a young man’s death,not a clean and … Continue reading

Take Heart

I’ve just given a keynote on Intel’s healthcare R&D at The Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, London. It seemed to go well enough. We got to visit some of the exhibition areas afterwards in the newly refurbished venue (which is … Continue reading