A viper’s nest: when venom is a man’s best friend

Did you know that captopril was derived from the venom of the deadly Brazilian pit viper? Since it went on the market in 1981 captopril and its successor ACE inhibitors have probably saved many more lives than have been lost to pit vipers.

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Sin City – the redemption

Judith Harvey is recently back from Colombia, which is slowly recovering from decades of violence brought about by its illegal manufacture and export of cocaine.

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Judith Harvey

Judith Harvey has been providing regular articles for The Sessional GP for well over 10 years, ranging from ethical dilemmas to philosophical enquiries; from medical conundrums to wry observations.

Judith was a research scientist, ran the VSO programme in Papua New Guinea and taught in a Liverpool comprehensive school before going to medical school. She has been a partner, a salaried GP and a locum, an LMC chair and a long-time supporter NASGP. For eight years her charity, Cuba Medical Link, enabled medical students to go to Cuba for their electives.

Judith has now published her previous articles from the NASGP website as a new book Perspectives: A GP reflects on medical practice and, well, just about everything…

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