The failings of healthcare professionals (and the organisations they work in) seems to be a hot topic currently. The recent GMC case relating to Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has rightly created an outcry about how poorly structured much of our healthcare system is when it comes to dealing with adverse events. And closer to home, dentists are now getting to grips with how to deal with the new GDC requirements relating to the new CPD guidelines, reflecting on their personal development and things that don't go well. So revisiting one of favourite books from last year "Black Box Thinking" feels very appropriate at this time.
A recent book, The Runaway Species (http://www.drchrisharper.co.uk/blog/book-review-the-runaway-species), sparked an interest In creative thinking. Here is a nice little article discussing how just going for a walk can be scientifically demonstrated to increase creative thinking.
If you have a sedentary job make time to walk for at least 60 seconds every hour. This will not only help prevent general health issues but will boost mental function.
And if you are struggling to find a creative solution to a tough problem then take a 10 minute walk outside and then come back to the problem.
Last week I had a bit of time to kill so I loaded the TED talks app on my surgery TV. One of the talks that caught my attention was by David Eagleman. He is a neuroscientist who’s name popped out at me because he has written a couple of books on my “to read” list about how the brain works.
So when I was deciding which audiobook to download next and I saw that he had just released a new book I thought that had to be my choice.
I have been using a basic composite heater for the past year or so and love it. If you have not tried it then I would suggest you do so or at least do some further reading about heated composite. There is a good selection of papers on the topic here:
And if you want to see what other articles I have been reading and reviewing recently have a look here:
Dr Chris Harper