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  • Community pharmacy: alternative visions

    Nick Barber travels to the future twice - once optimistically and once pessimistically - to see how community pharmacy fares in the next millennium

  • Pharmacy education: a way ahead?

    Paul Nicholls makes some radical suggestions about the way pharmacists might be trained in the next century

  • Chilly Christmas

    By Onlooker

    On January 9, 1909, a handful of explorers under the leadership of Ernest Shackleton planted the Union Jack in latitude 88deg23’S, longitude 162degE. They were then at the end of their tether, but were still 97 miles short of the South Pole. At the time, it was the nearest any human had been to that desolate place. The party, now divested of their last pony, and having to drag everything by hand over the perilous crevasses of the Beardmore Glacier, had their first glimpse of the great ...

  • A mad world, my masters

    By Onlooker

    I have a theory that bureaucrats and businessmen, who trespass so sorely upon our liberties, suffer their grievous character defects as a result of being protected from the wind and the rain in the course of their endeavours. The other day, while struggling against a gale-force headwind and stinging rain on open moorland, I thought how humbling it is to have to face the elemental forces of nature, and how insignificant ordinary mortals are in the scheme of things.

  • Millennium muddle

    By Onlooker

    Many of our difficulties in making judgments and decisions arise from our neglecting to define whatever it is we are discussing. Take the much vaunted millennium, for instance. A millennium is defined as 1,000 years, just as a century is 100 and a decade 10 years. It is nothing more nor less, however hard the political spin doctors strive to interpret it as something unique, and, as they might say, epoch-making.

  • Understanding depression

    By Onlooker

    It seems almost impossible to devise a definition which will embrace all aspects of that vague condition known as depression. As generally accepted by clinicians and public alike, depression is estimated to be increasing in incidence world-wide, and to affect about a third of the population of industrialised countries. The picture is vastly complicated by the variety of conditions which it covers.

  • Fatal freeze

    By Onlooker

    Several suggestions have been made to explain the factors which were involved in the disastrous outcome of Robert Falcon Scott’s race to the South Pole in 1911-12, in which his returning party died in a blizzard. According to a report published in Science for November 19, 1999, the reason for the disaster was an extraordinarily cold spell of weather affecting Antarctica in March, 1912. It could not have been foreseen, and it made all the difference between survival and death.

  • Keeping fit

    By Onlooker

    It is recognised that physical activity reduces the risk of a person developing type 2 diabetes or coronary heart disease, both of which have been associated with obesity. Studies have shown that regular brisk walking is just as effective in guarding against heart disease as the more strenuous forms of physical exercise that have gained popularity during recent years. A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association for October 20, 1999, indicates that ...

  • Young aggressors

    By Onlooker

    In the Journal of the American Medical Association for November 24, 1999, is a discussion on the problem of child violence. It was prompted by recent surveys by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into why youngsters exhibit violent behaviour patterns. In a nation-wide survey, some 18.3 per cent of high-school youngsters had carried a weapon on their person during the preceding year, while 8.5 per cent had taken a weapon into school with them.

  • Annie get your gun

    By Onlooker

    It always amazes me how violent is the reaction of most of the population of the United States to any suggestion, however mild and reasoned, that restraints be imposed upon the availability of firearms. There is talk of rights and even obligations regarding the possession of these things, a concept which is beyond all argument, given the status of religious dogma.

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