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  • A self-guide to guided tours

    14 Nov 2018
    BY CHRIS JOHNSONTo guide or not to guide… that is the question.I’m not a fan of the guided tour (see the Travel section of Australian Medicine October 15, 2018 edition for more on...

  • Escaping to sanctuary in the Swiss Alps

    10 Oct 2018
    TRAVEL BY CHRIS JOHNSON Let’s face it. You’ve seen one church you’ve seen them all. Every European city is rightly proud of its cathedral, but after Notre Dame what...

  • Lithium – Power to the people

    09 Oct 2018
    BY DR CLIVE FRASERIt’s been 70 years since an Australian ex-Changi POW named Dr John Cade treated his first patient with lithium.On March 29, 1948, Dr Cade commenced treating Mr...

  • Talking about airbags

    12 Sep 2018
    BY DR CLIVE FRASERIn 1953 an American engineer (John Hetrick) patented a “safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles”.Hetrick remarked that: "In the spring of '52, my wife,...

  • Soaking in the Baths of Caracalla

    10 Sep 2018
    By Chris Johnson When in Rome….Surely a visit to Italy has to include a night out at the opera?After all, the Italians invented the opera. They know how to put one on.At the...

  • THEATRE - Battle of the sexes well acted

    27 Aug 2018
    Canberra’s Street Theatre is again presenting another classic play with (tenuous) links to what could be described as medical-related terminology.In the 19th Century, Austrian...

  • Timing is everything

    17 Aug 2018
    BY DR CLIVE FRASER In my last column, I gleefully mused about what an enjoyable evening I had watching the understated spectacle of the Royal Wedding on Saturday 19th May...

  • Wynns Coonawarra – have a cigar

    17 Aug 2018
    BY DR MICHAEL RYAN I was swanning around the local bottle shop looking for some inspiration. An old stalwart caught my eye; Wynn’s Black Label 2015 Coonawarra Cabernet...

  • A quartet that sure has the swing

    12 Jun 2018
    BY CHRIS JOHNSONWhen a Louisiana-born jazzman comes to town, it is well worth venturing out on a cold winter’s evening to hear him play.Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who has been...

  • The Royal Wedding

    12 Jun 2018
    BY DR CLIVE FRASERIt’s been a few weeks now since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchanged vows.Debate about the monarchy aside, I have got to say that there were many memorable...