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Monthly Archives: December 2021

An unexpected consequence of the Pandemic and the need to hold meetings via Zoom has been to extend the Society’s membership and those atttending virtual meetings well beyond UK shores.

The latest Medico-Legal Journal (Vol 89 part 4) which will hopefully have dropped on members’ doormats before the New Year, reflects the continuing international nature of both the journal and the Society itself.

The Editors look at the inducement to settle sometimes unmeritorious clinical negligence claims.

A talk to the Society from Jeremy Chipperfield, HM Coroner for Durham and Darlington is reproduced in the Journal and discusses his role as an investigator of deaths. A further address by Tom Kark QC addresses the importance of an independent investigations when things – ranging from a politician’s redecorations to the failings of a hospital trust – go wrong.

From Maryland, USA, Dr Howard Smith advocates a model “for deductive reasoning in malpractice suits” based on ten standard duties to establish if there has been medical error or “an unpreventable random maloccurrence.”

From the ENT department at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, Haseem Raja and Rishi Talwar examine the effect of the Montgomery case on consent to septology operations.

Navpreet Kaur from Punjab and Roger Byard from Adelaide discuss the indignities suffered by Indian women in relation to their menstrual cycles.

Contributors from Rome and from Bethesda USA consider the effects of a terrorist grenade attack and what may be learned from the carboxyhaemoglobin levels in the corpse.

Authors from Mangalore, India, describe problems where an uncooperative patient has received alternative therapies and asks whether some alternative therapists should be present in mainstream hospitals.

Contributors from Malaysia and Pakistan discuss issues of estimating age from the development of third molars and whether their Malaysian findings can be applied elsewhere.

From Nigeria there is a discussion of the development of Telemedicine in that country and the need for a statutory and legal framework.

And finally, authors from Nepal, and Saudi Arabia describe an attempt to remove the penis of an alleged rapist – sensitive male readers may prefer to look away now!

Face to Face Again

On 14th October 2021 the Society held its first in-person meeting at the Medical Society of London since the lockdown came into force in March 2020.  The speaker was Dr Margret Stark. Before her address, Malcolm Brahams spoke about the 120th anniversary of the Society’s foundation.

At the final meeting in person before the lockdown in March 2020 we were addressed by Ms Bahar Ata, Director of Public Law & Immigration at Duncan Lewis, Solicitors. That was barely 2 weeks before the lockdown and those of us who attended felt very brave (or was it foolhardy?)

Using Zoom has served us well since then and we will continue to use it to relay live meetings and to enable members to access recordings for several months after each session. However, at the time of writing the future of in-person meetings has once more become uncertain because of the arrival and rapid spread of the Omicron strain of the Covi-19 virus.