Wednesday, 19 December 2007

There ought to be a word for it!

The moral dilemma you find yourself in when you know you are going to be late for an important appointment and that it is really your fault because you left the house just a bit too late to catch the train on time but it becomes apparent along the way that you would have been late anyway douue to a major disruption on the tube / train system and you are not sure whether you should attribute your lateness to this problem (with the attendant risk that someone may know that this difficulty did not present itself until after you should have been clear of it if you were going to get to the meeting on time) or come clean or opt for the third way – I would have been a tiny bit late anyway but then X happened and that is why I am an hour late.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Southall struck off

The GMC has struck Professor Southall off the medical register (though he has 28 days in which to appeal. For more details, comment & media links see this blog post .

Monday, 3 December 2007

Family Law Week Blog

Family Law Week already has a very fine website but now it comes with added value in the form of its new companion Family Law Week Blog which is already fab! Probably something to do with its rather brilliant general editor!!!

More on Southall

If you want to read a very personal perspective on the issues surrounding Professor Southall see Lawrence Alexander's blog .

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Bloody experts

I await with interest the decision of the GMC on how to deal with Professor David Southall whom they have found acted inappropriately in accusing a grieving mother of murdering her son (without any foundation)& interfering with medical records by keeping secret files on so-called child abuse cases. As to whether this is serious professional misconduct & what penalty to impose they will apparently decide on Tuesday. For more of the lowdown see Penny Mellor's blog Dr David Southall exposed .

I was disgusted to read a piece in the Observer Woman about Paula & Elyse, twins born in America who were adopted by different families from a very young age and have only recently at the age of 35 discovered that they had a twin. Without the consent of anyone involved, researchers chose five sets of identical twins and one set of triplets to be brought up separately and monitored every few months as a way of researching the nature / nurture debate. They were in fact dropped from the study because their weight began to vary which took them outside the research criteria but by this time they had been separated and neither set of adoptive parents knew about the other daughter. Fearing public disapproval the research was quietly shelved at the end of the 80s (it took them that long to figure out that maybe others would indeed be horrified) and to add salt to their wounds Yale University is refusing to allow the twins access to the files which contain information about their early lives before 2066 when they will be 98. The twins have written a book about their experience: Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited (Random House) & they have their own website .