Happy New Year


It is long overdue, but a Happy 2012 to everyone.

Stay tuned for some exciting posts coming to you in the next few weeks. In the meantime you can check out some of the biggest hits of 2011 on IVLine.


The eye allows us to observe the world around us, but it can also provide clinician's a window into a person's health. Often neglected and left to those dreaming of working as an Ophthalmologist, students and junior doctors alike miss out on a valuable source of information. Here the basics of the Clinical Eye Examination are introduced including reference to Dr John L Colvin and Dr Joseph A Reich's 35 Golden Rules of Eye Care.

A collection of some of the best medical tweeters out their in 2011. Most of them are still out there, typing away on their keyboards, tweeting with thumbs and spreading snippets of medical knowledge.



Another important tool in a clinician's toolset. Neurological Clinical Exams are used in a variety of settings from the GP Clinic to in the Intensive Care Unit. This will take you through some basic anatomy, examination of the upper & lower limbs, and examination of the cranial nerves.



One of the most relevant biological processes for medical students to understand. This takes a look at the basics of the process and even throws in a nice flow chart to help you out.




An effective mode of communicating information and engaging interest in a topic is via graphics. Here I showcase some thought provoking and well designed posters concerning mental health. Some highlight an aspect of a mental illness whilst other aim at raising awareness.




There are some areas like Psychiatry, where taking a good and thorough history can be more of a challenge for a medical student. The purpose of taking a Psychiatric History can split into three main things; diagnostic, to gain a biopsychosocial understanding of the patient’s problem, and therapeutic/psycho-educational.This guide sets out a basic structure by which these goals can be achieved.

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