REVEALED: Here is why women make better doctors than men

A leading former brain surgeon has claimed women make better doctors than men because they’re better at communicating.

Dr Henry Marsh, a neurosurgeon before he retired, made the comments at Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival.

He said: ‘Although it’s a reverse sexist comment, in my experience and opinion, the average woman makes a better doctor than the average man.’

Dr Marsh admitted he hasn’t always felt this way and, when he began teaching trainees 20 years ago, he was guilty of ‘chauvinism’ himself.

But decades in the field have corrected the error of his thinking, he said.

The medical community has been beset by claims of sexism and the British Medical Association last month announced an investigation into its members.

‘There’s lots of bad woman doctors and lots of good men doctors,’ the 69-year-old said.

‘But given that such an important part of medicine is communication and teamwork, on the whole, it’s a sexist generalisation but women tend to do it a bit better than men.

‘We (male doctors) are all competitive and driven by testosterone.’

Dr Marsh, who now teaches at the Tooting hospital where he once worked, said women in medicine still face sexism but the situation is improving.


Meru teacher spent Sh400,00 only for doctors to leave a bandage in her womb

A teacher is Thika is distressed following complications occasioned by a piece of gauze bandage left in her womb by gynecologist at a prestigious private hospital in Nairobi.

Jane Kageni Mureithi, 49, – a deputy principal of a school in Meru, said the 10-cm gauze bandage was left during an operation to remove fibroids. She was seen at the said hospital on August 26.

The 10cm gauze bandage was removed in another operation at a Nairobi hospital after it had started decomposing, causing her a blood infection and clots.

The teacher is currently recuperating at her Thika home after the second operation. She said life has been tough on her side for the past two months.

“I cannot sit down, sleep or eat. I have to take strong painkillers to remain sane for even a few minutes,” Kageni told the Star at her home on Friday.

She lamented that the situation has reduced her to a pale shadow of her former self since she now “depends on her husband for practically everything”.

The distraught mother of three said it was regrettable that the hospital has not followed up on her case and yet they spent over Sh400,000 in the botched operation.

“My husband followed up with the hospital through matron who only gave a flimsy excuse that the gynecologist had serious domestic issues at the time of the botched operation.”

Kageni says she sought alternative advice after nine days of excruciating pain and serious chest complications.

The doctor, after carrying out several scans, found the decomposed gauze in her womb.

“I was admitted in the hospital for over five days and had to part with an extra Sh450,000,” the teacher said.

Doctors reports showed the woman is under very strong drugs to fight the blood infection and to diffuse the clots that are lodged in her lungs.

Her husband Mureithi Kaara said their life has totally stalled as his wife requires constant care and he has had to stop going to work to attend to her.

“My wife has only survived by the grace of God. We are hoping after the current treatment, the subsequent complications will be dealt with,” he said.

Kaara said doctors must at all times recognise that they are dealing with human lives and be careful with how they perform operations.

The hospital’s matron, a Wambui Kariuki, said that they were not competent enough to handle the matter in the press.

She confirmed that they had talked to the family and were willing to engage them after consulting their legal department on the matter.

-The Star

Mothers should not be forced to breast feed

If there’s one thing we as a society love to do, it’s to have a good go at mothers. Be they single or working, everyone loves to voice an opinion about how to raise children, and unfortunately it’s mothers who tend to bear the brunt of this, rather than fathers. Health professionals are not free from the habit either. We dish out advice to expectant and new mothers and then wag our fingers when it’s not heeded. Do this, don’t do that and never mind that what we say always seems to change and contradict itself. Keep up now, mums, or you’ll be responsible for a generation of feral youths.

Nowhere is the unrelenting pressure mothers are under more evident than in the arena of breastfeeding. This one biological act has become politicised and polarised like no other. Don’t breastfeed your children and you are condemning them to a life of illness and disease, mothers are told. And now, according to research published last week, they’ll also be thick.

A Brazilian study of more than 6,000 babies from a variety of backgrounds showed that those who were breastfed had higher IQs, spent longer in education and earned more in their careers. The longer they were breastfed as a baby, the greater their success. The research was immediately pounced on, feeding in, as it does, to the narrative that problems in a person’s life can be laid wholly at the feet of the mother.

Doctors and midwives have had a difficult time with breastfeeding. On the one hand it is undoubtedly a good thing and women should be supported and helped if they choose to do it. But what is less often talked about is the stress and difficulty that many women experience with breastfeeding, compounded by the sense that they are failing their children immeasurably if they do not do it. The evidence morphs into dogma that says women are irresponsible if they don’t breastfeed.

Doctor’s remove tapeworm from man’s brain

Scientists in Britain have removed and studied a rare tapeworm that lived in a man’s brain for four years, researchers say.

The tapeworm causes sparganosis, an inflammation of body tissues that can cause seizures, memory loss and headaches when it occurs in the brain.

Surgeons removed it and the patient is now “systemically well”, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said on Friday.

It was the first time the tapeworm, Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, was reported in Britain. Only 300 cases have been reported since 1953.

The tapeworm is thought to be caught by accidentally eating small infected crustaceans from lakes, eating raw amphibian or reptile meat, or by using a raw frog poultice which is a Chinese remedy for sore eyes.

“We did not expect to see an infection of this kind in the UK, but global travel means that unfamiliar parasites do sometimes appear,” said Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas of the department of Infectious Disease at Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust.

The team managed to sequence the rare parasite’s genome for the first time, allowing them to examine potential treatments.

“Our work shows that, even with only tiny amounts of DNA from clinical samples, we can find out all we need to identify and characterise the parasite,” Gkrania-Klotsas added.

The doctor said the DNA study underlined the importance of a global database of worm genomes, to help identify and treat parasites.

Source : theage