MedCurious Edition 1

, | April 18, 2020

MedCurious is a newsletter of medical curiosity – of the sorts of things that people who like dotMD might find interesting. Something to keep you going between dotMD events.

This edition includes a mix-tape, a story, an article, news about a new book, and a link to an infamous dotMD interview.

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Dr. Ian Williams (aka The Bad Doctor) has put together “The Bad Doctor Hospital Radio Mix Tape” featuring laid back hip-hop, funk and electronica, some post-punk dance-floor grooves, and house. If you feel like dancing (don’t worry – no-one is looking) this is worth a listen.


Mark O’Connell who featured at dotMD 2018 has just published a new book about men and women who are preparing for the end of the world.  Notes from an Apocalypse has already received rave reviews and if its anything like his first book (To be A Machine) it will funny, insightful and wise. Here’s John Self’s review of the book in the Irish Times.

Bedside Story (with a happy ending)

Dr. Siobhan Grimes told a story at the 2017 Bedside Stories event with relevance to living through these strange times. She tells a story of living through an unexpected war in Iraq, of surviving a near fatal accident, and how 5 year career plans don’t always go as expected.

They Call Us and We Go

Dr. Suzanne Koven is writer in residence at Mass General Hospital and we at dotMD are big fans of her writing. She has published an essay this week at The New England Journal of Medicine as well as a brief podcast made about the essay with writer Dani Shapiro.

How to Commit The Perfect Murder

Prof Marie Cassidy was Ireland’s State Pathologist until 2018. Here’s her already infamous, highly entertaining interview with Dr. Muiris Houston at dotMD 2019

Written by

Ronan Kavanagh

Dr. Ronan Kavanagh is a Galway based rheumatologist and medical director of dotMD - A Festival of Medical Curiosity.


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