Posted by: Witch Doctor | February 13, 2011

A clever cat

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Shortly after My Black Cat was sent off on Friday to find out why there had been unusual interest over one particular post on this blog, she returned very excited.

She said she had the answer.

She did a Google search for “Gillian Needham,” but all she could find there was University information regarding her, a few other things, and several blog posts relating to past incidents regarding the suspension of a junior doctor a few years ago.

And yes, this search took her to the post on the Witch Doctor blog that was getting all the hits.

But why were people doing the search in the first place?

My Black Cat then did a Google search for “Gillian Needham 2011” and immediately found the answer.

It came straight from the horses mouth.

Professor Needham had published an article in the latest edition of the BMJ.

PERSONAL VIEW: FREE SPEECH AND PROFESSIONAL DUTY: WHY I COULDN’T FIGHT TABLOID RUMOURS

The Witch Doctor read the whole article, formed some opinions about it but decided she would ignore it. Best for Dr. Scot Junior and indeed for Professor Needham herself to let sleeping dogs and horses lie (even although Professor Needham clearly did not take this view).

Then, by happenstance, a few minutes later The Witch Doctor learned of the sudden death of Dr Peter Gooderham at the age of 46.

What The Witch Doctor didn’t know, and probably most doctors didn’t know, was that Dr Gooderham was a medical blogger. He was part of the Dr Rant team.

Among other things, Gillian Needham appeared to be criticising the medical bloggers.

Then, for some unfathomable reason, The Witch Doctor decided to highlight this article in the BMJ. She suspects what she is doing in a convoluted witchy way is showing her respect for a blogger she never new personally but was sure he was, as Remedy says:

“A man of incandescent wit and unquestionable wisdom”

“A genuine and lovely man, intelligent humorous and human …”

This is what the BMJ article said about bloggers:

“Indeed BMJ readers might be surprised—and the wider public perhaps more so—to see some of the material that circulates on blog sites that members of our profession use.”

“Had the content of the blogs been made public, it is likely that their authors would have received no sympathy from the press or public.”

This is bunkum!

Professor Needham, do you not understand? Medical blogging IS public, and there is quite a lot of medical and public sympathy for what we write about and why we write it.

There are many aspects of the BMJ article that The Witch Doctor could dissect but she is not going to do so right now. She suspects others will.

Why will they dissect it?

Because in you last two sentences, Professor Needham, you invited the readers of the BMJ to search you out on the internet.

“But I did the right thing: I’m sure of that, and that’s all that matters to me. But search me on the internet and you’d never know—and nor will the public.”

And by the number of hits this blog is getting, the medical profession and others are avidly following your suggestion.

So, if this goes viral, it is no-ones fault but your own, Professor Needham.

But to what end?

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Responses

  1. Very odd is this Witch Doctor and clever Cat, obviousy the Dr junior Scott debacle has been festering away in what is laughingly known as Needham’s brain cell and she thinks that both her and Dim Carol Black have been hard done by-if only…


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