“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle “Education enables you to express assent or dissent in graduated terms.” — William Cory “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” — Robert Frost “To change an opinion without a mental process is the mark of the uneducated.” — Geoffrey Madan “To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes “There … [Read more...] about Some meditations on education and intelligence
From Reynolds Weekly¹, 22nd July 1894, courtesy of Wellcome Library It is one of the proud glories of our civilisation that it is perpetually breeding new diseases, the very names of which, invented by our fashionable physicians, would have made our good old great grandfathers stare and gasp. And as soon as these diseases have, so to speak, got into working order, and are doing their deadly execution, with a vigour worthy of a better cause, some new remedy is suggested to our civilised victims, which soon becomes all the rage. One of the best known of these recent remedies is called massage, and it is supposed to be of use in rheumatic, nervous, and other affections. Massage, in plainer … [Read more...] about Massage and aristocracy c.1894
Moving forward in nursing In an editorial in Nursing Philosophy late last year, Derek Sellman wrote a piece that will resonate with a lot of people frustrated by the corporatization of health care; 'I retain a deep distrust of moving forward as a spindiom (spin idiom, spindiom, get it?)...The primary values of education and health care are not those of the corporation' (p.156). Sellman, D. (2014). Moving forward in nursing. Nursing Philosophy : An International Journal for Healthcare Professionals, 15(3), 155-6. doi:10.1111/nup.12059. Reviewing research papers In the same edition of Nursing Philosophy, Martin Lipscomb asks 'how much understanding of the research process is enough for a … [Read more...] about Critical physiotherapy research update
In this blogpost, Dr Mario Elia talks about the reasons he supports referral to physiotherapy. I've re-blogged it here not because he waves a flag for physiotherapy - which is all well and good - but that he portrays physiotherapy as a safe pair of hands: consistent, predictable and reliable. "When I refer a patient to physiotherapy, for the most part I know exactly what my patients are getting into." While this might be the fantasy of our regulatory bodies, part of me wonders if being so conservative is such a great thing in the 21st century. Is there something about the embodied, sensual nature of health and illness that is elided when you have a strong, dependable professional identity? … [Read more...] about Why I recommend physiotherapy to my patients
A new paper by CPN member Julie Latchem (click here to open Julie's member profile page), Jenny Kitzinger, and Celia Kitzinger titled Physiotherapy for vegetative and minimally conscious state patients: family perceptions and experiences for Disability & Rehabilitation has just become available as an open access early online edition. You can find a free copy of the article here. Abstract Purpose: To examine family perceptions of physiotherapy provided to relatives in vegetative or minimally conscious states. Method: Secondary thematic analysis of 65 in-depth narrative interviews with family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious … [Read more...] about Latchem J et al (2015) Physiotherapy for vegetative & minimally conscious state patients: family perceptions & experiences. Disability & Rehabilitation. Early Online. 1. 10.3109/09638288.2015.1005759.
In case you missed these notices during January, here are a few new things that you might be interested in: Breath A beautiful short video about breath from The Mercadantes, the husband-and-wife filmmakers Daniel and Katina Mercadante in California. The film explores the human breath and its innumerable forms – from the first gasping cries of a newborn to the sighed relief of a well-earned chance to rest. New book by Felix Guattari A new book edited by Gary Genosko collecting some of French philosopher Félix Guattari's work during his frequent visits to Japan in the 1980s. Guattari frequently visited Japan during the 1980s and organized exchanges between French and Japanese artists and … [Read more...] about Some January highlights
A great blogpost on the virtues of innovation in education, courtesy of Ciaran Regan (CPN). … [Read more...] about Where are the wise?