Consultations with Dr John Weiner during the COVID-19 pandemic – updated 16 Aug 2020

Please read this information sheet about appointments to see me. This is a difficult time for everyone. Here is some updated information following Stage 4 lockdown in Victoria and closure of borders recently. I will continue to consult during the pandemic. For some, TeleHealth is appropriate. For others, face-to-face consultations are either necessary or preferable. […]

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher: 8. The Prepared Mind

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher are true stories from 50 years in medicine. Names and dates changed, staff names real (unless otherwise noted). The term Medicine-Watcher is used in The Youngest Science, the autobiography of Lewis Thomas, which I use with respect.  “John, have you thought of performing a meta-analysis on those studies?”. I stared at […]

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher: 7. When You Hit Bottom

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher are true stories from 50 years in medicine. Names and dates changed, staff names real (unless otherwise noted). The term Medicine-Watcher is used in The Youngest Science, the autobiography of Lewis Thomas, which I use with respect.  “What do you reckon this is?” I stared at the slightly irregular, rounded ball […]

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher: 6. Our Friend Ever True

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher are true stories from 50 years in medicine. Names and dates changed, staff names real (unless otherwise noted). The term Medicine-Watcher is used in The Youngest Science, the autobiography of Lewis Thomas, which I use with respect.  His eyes glared, unblinking. He was angry. Really angry. “Hold him tighter” was all […]

Renaming cancer: Back to the future, but will it work now

A joint Australian-US paper in the BMJ has recommended renaming low risk conditions that are currently called “cancer”. The authors advise that tumours such as small papillary thyroid cancer, low-grade breast intraduct cancer, and localised low-grade prostate cancer are examples of these low-risk conditions. There are many others. There has been an outpouring of criticism […]

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher: 5. You Don’t Need A Silver Fork

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher are true stories from 50 years in medicine. Names and dates changed, staff names real (unless otherwise noted). The term Medicine-Watcher is used in The Youngest Science, the autobiography of Lewis Thomas, which I use with respect.  “Well, we have a drink before dinner. Usually a single-malt whisky. Or two. With […]

Tales Of A Medicine-Watcher: 4. What Person The Disease Has

Tales of a Medicine-Watcher are true stories from 50 years in medicine. Names and dates changed, staff names real (unless otherwise noted). The term Medicine-Watcher is used in The Youngest Science, the autobiography of Lewis Thomas, which I use with respect.  I didn’t know what to do, and stared at the phone. Freddie had seen […]