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Nathan Barley: Series 1 [DVD]
Nathan Barley: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicholas Burns
Price: £8.00

25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clever, inventive comedy, 28 Oct. 2005
As you might gather from the other reviews, people either loved or hated this surreal satire on media people. Personally, I loved it. Nathan Barley makes for a brilliantly loathable caricature of fashion and gadget obsessed twentysomething men with too much money and too little taste.
It's a shame this series wasn't as much of a success as it might have been. Sadly, a lot of people just found it a little *too* surreal and off-the-wall. Also, quite possibly a few people found themselves a bit uncomfortably close to Nathan Barley-world themselves. However, for those of us who did get the joke, this is one of the funniest things that Channel 4 has come up with in a long time.
Well done to Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker for this innovative and unorthodox show.

Hippocratic Oaths: Medicine and Its Discontents
Hippocratic Oaths: Medicine and Its Discontents
by Raymond Tallis
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent defence of the medical profession, 14 Jun. 2005
As a student nurse, I approached this book with interest.
Ray Tallis supplies a spirited and well-argued reposte to those who seek to portray doctors as aloof, over-empowered and arrogant. Instead Tallis argues that doctors are often disempowered and assailed by ill-informed pressure groups, a hysterical media and meddling politicians.
In places this leads Tallis to come across as something of a medicalised Grumpy Old Man, but it must be conceded that his points are valid and well-argued. Tallis' account of the recent hysteria over the MMR vaccine is excellent in particular. He relates how a single piece of dubious research led to a major panic, with some shockingly irresponsible and uninformed behaviour by campaigners, journalists and politicians that continued well after any link between the MMR vaccine and autism had been discredited by research.
Having read Hippocratic Oaths, I think I may have to be nicer to my doctor colleagues in future. :)

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