Hitler and Bolsonaro share strategies but not tactics

Adolf Hitler and Jair Bolsonaru

Hitler and Bolsonaro share biographical details, which may be related to their emergence as famous fascists, respectively, of the 20th and early 21st Century. Hitler participated directly in World War I when he was in his mid-twenties. He was wounded in the battles of Ypres, Somme, Arras and Paschendaele, and received the Iron Cross, Second […]

Agnostic or atheist, and the position of Albert Einstein

Agnostic and atheist

The difference between being agnostic or atheist may not be so clear, specially in the case of people who are radical believers in this or that faith. Usually religious people think it is immoral, plain wrong, not to believe in the same faith as they profess. For them, to be agnostic or atheist is the […]

The philosophy of stem cells and the origin of controversy

A discussion on the philosophy of research in stem cells is somewhat similar to one on brain and behaviour, where science encounters moral authorities. In many quarters religion and politics, rather than medicine or science, is the realm where the brain should reside. A theory for the brain is taken as an alteration of the […]

Stephen Hawking, the goodbye and biblical obituary

Stephen Hawking

The funeral of Prof Stephen Hawking is taking place at University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. For those who have been there, the feeling is we would love to be there now. It is the most charming of all British cities form the small to medium size. Six porters from the Stephen Hawking’s college […]

Saint Theodore and the origins of the Christian faith

An old Khazak neurologist, who probably knew all about Saint Theodore, once told me that life is short. At the time, we were working together in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2005. It was the first time I heard it, just after turning 50, he was over 60. Now, I have learnt so much in an encounter […]

Saint Dymphna, Patronness of Victims of Nervous Diseases – Part II

This the second of 2 articles about Saint Dymphna. “It was not long, however, until an unexpected cloud overshadowed the happy childhood of the beautiful girl. She lost her good mother by death. Many were the secret tears she shed over this bereavement, but at the same time she found great comfort in the Divine Faith […]

Saint Dymphna, Patronness of Victims of Nervous Diseases – Part I

Saint Dymphna is an Irish and Belgian Saint, patroness of those who suffer of mental or spiritual disorders. This is the first of 2 articles about how we came to choose this name for our medical neurological clinic. The text below was taken from the internet, but it should be emphasized that before the 10th […]

Michelangelo drew the brain stem

In Vatican fresco, visions of the brain as seen by Michelangelo, who drew and painted the brain stem before anyone else, at least in the western world. It has been hiding in plain sight for the past 500 years, and now two Johns Hopkins professors believe they have found it: one of Michelangelo’s rare anatomical […]

LSD may have changed Britain

Sixty-three years ago the first LSD trip was taken by an unwitting research chemist, Albert Hofmann, who has died at the age of 102. To its detractors LSD is perhaps the most dangerous drug in the world, but did its advent really change society in Britain and even the way we eat? In 1965 something […]