Medical Ethics is All Political Economy!

Written for The Kent Ridge Common

Attending a pub debate is one of the must-do’s for anyone on exchange in an English-speaking country. In London, the world’s cultural capital, that goes without saying. Having just returned from a very interesting and intense Big Ideas debate on medical ethics at The Wheatsheaf (and expecting another narrow-minded, issues-based discussion full of drunken talk and polarized views), I was pleasantly surprised when speaker Miran Epstein – a Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at The London School of Medicine – provoked much ire right at the start when he proclaimed: “Medical ethics is all political economy.” Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on London

This is it, the last two days in a city I have come to call home. A last two days of strikes, excessive walking, eating Pret croissants and drinking Pret soy mocha, chomping Costcutter 30p continental rolls, and strolling in dry rain. The last two days in my room overlooking a postmodern office block and two trees. The last two days of being alone.

The rest of the post is in point form, it is my five most significant takeaways: Continue reading