RCSIsmj Vol 7 Cover
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Director’s Welcome
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RCSI Ethics Challenge
RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge 2014/2015
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RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge winner 2013/14
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Original Articles
Evaluation of adverse events and patient satisfaction with day surgery before and after the implementation of pre-assessment in an Irish teaching hospital
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Regions of atrophy that correlate with cognitive impairment in subtypes of dementia
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Case Reports
Malignant transformation of chronic ulcers (Marjolin’s ulcers): an emerging at-risk population
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Gliosarcoma: a rare variant of glioblastoma multiform
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MRSA of unknown aetiology causing prostate abscess in a patient with incidental prostate adenocarcinoma
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Review Articles
Omalizumab in the treatment of severe persistent IgE-mediated asthma
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Serotonin – the missing link between myocardial infarction and suicide
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Rediscovering thalidomide: lessons learnt and evolving indications
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Transvaginal cholecystectomy: a novel surgical technique
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All in your head: is the use of placebos a form of benevolent deception?
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Physiological mechanisms underlying exercise prescription non-compliance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
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Staff Reviews
The foetal origins of adult health
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Sleep-deprived doctors and patient safety: an unresolved link
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Unplugging platelet function tests: reassessing the gold standard
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Sources of, and barriers to, healthcare in armed conflicts
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Whose life, whose death?: Pharmaceutical trials in the developing world
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Ensuring safe surgery for our patients – do we do enough?
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The white coat: does it have a future in Ireland?
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Miraculous, malevolent or misunderstood: knowledge and attitudes
regarding electroconvulsive therapy
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Elective Report
Medicine and Monsoons
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Book Review
The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James Le Fanu
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Volume of caudate nucleus in major depressive disorder
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2013-2014 Staff

Executive Committee
Director: Eoin Kelleher
Vice Director: Ramia Jameel
Executive Secretary: David Hakim

Editorial Team
Editor-in-Chief: Melissa Schorr
Senior Editor: Natalie Achamallah

Staff writers
Senior Staff Writer: Elizabeth Ahern-Flynn
Nadine Straka
Amelia Reid
Moyser Mulla
Sean Ling

Education Officer
Adnan Abbas

Stephen Tsoukas

Public Relations
Akshay Padki
Shivani Sritharan
Shari Ramsaran

Peer Review Team
Director: Conor Cox
Assistant Director: Rachel Green
Matthew Wong
Sheau Wei Tan
Vincent Healy
Mark Abel
Daniel Cherfan
Valerie Curren
Sarah Pradhan
Anshuman Sood
Aine McCarthy
Kimberly Ng
Tara Rajiyah
Rebecca Horgan
Ian Elliott
Stephen Kenny

Thank you to RCSI Alumni for their continued support to us as students – providing career advice, acting as mentors, enabling electives, enabling research, and supporting the publication of the RCSIsmj since its inception in 2008.

We, as today’s generation of students and tomorrow’s generation of Alumni, are very grateful for this on-going support.

We would also like to thank the Dean, Professor Hannah McGee, for her sponsorship, and Margaret McCarthy in the Dean’s Office for her constant endorsement and assistance.
A special thanks to Professor Ronán M. Conroy for the time and encouragement he has given to the RCSIsmj Journal Club.

The RCSIsmj was extremely privileged to have a number of professors and clinicians involved in this year’s Journal Club. We would like to thank the following for their support of, and participation in the Journal Club, and to express our appreciation of the time, knowledge, and expertise they shared with us:

Doctor Emma Wallace Professor Mary Cannon Professor Arnold Hill Professor Gerry McElvaney Professor Ruairi Brugha Doctor Eoghan De Barra Professor Clive Lee Professor Fergal O’Brien Doctor Mary Aiken