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The Blind Spot

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) In medical school, a few good many years ago, we learnt that the retina has light sensitive cells, cones, and rods, that transmit messages to the brain about what is seen. Cones transfer colour and are good for daylight vision and perceive fine detail. Rods pick up […]

The Purple Fence

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)   So, a few years ago, of course before the pandemic, I was on a small expedition cruise in Canada with a few friends. It was a boat cruise with an expedition vessel where every day we were docked at a different island and we had a […]

Trains and Changes

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, marriage and long-term relationships are probably like trains, two trains moving alongside each other. Sometimes they go at the same pace and are parallel. Other times they go at different speeds, and one goes far in front whilst the other is left behind. Other times also […]

Adult Autism

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)   It is much easier to think of things in binary, either black or white, yes or no. It gives us some sense of absoluteness in the world of unpredictability, lack of control and unanswered universe beginning and end questions. But the majority of things function as […]

Of Mice and Professors- Part 2

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) Last time we discussed points from Professor Gerard Hutchison on our declined mental health post pandemic and the reasons for the increased violence and aggressive behaviour. Professor Hutchison is a professor in psychiatry with the University of the West Indies. He also works in the psychiatry department […]

Of Mice and Professors – Part 1

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)     So usually, I know the topic of the article weeks before I write it. It simmers around in my mind as I incorporate points and decide the flow as the story line manoeuvers and unfolds. Sometimes though a particular issue comes at me and lingers […]

Anger and Aggression

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)     So, I love to travel. Just to go through that airport and watch people from different counties walk by, speaking different languages, having different lives, varied ages, varied sizes and so many variations is what they are wearing, how they are walking and where they […]

My Sex Tape- Part 2

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)     In last week’s column we discussed why persons would make a sex tape knowing the inherent risks of leakage. The first two groups in this include the consenting couple who pre plan the taping as an aspect of their intimate sex life. Then there is […]

My Sex Tape- Part 1

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)   So, I am somewhere above 40 years old, a good and solid Generation X. It is a good place to be since I am the middle generation, and I could appreciate and understand both the older generation of baby boomers and the younger Generation Y and […]

Fat and Unhealthy

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, I finally accept that cannot wine. I mean I can swivel my waist and pelvis in a circular motion, but I cannot really wine. In comparison most of my family members have sizable buttocks and a built-in sacral vertebrae coil that allows them to wine even […]

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