“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt” “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please” “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” Mark Twain The Limerick is a very particularly English form of comic rhyming poetry. It is often nonsensical, and sometimes even a lewd form popular in children’s literature. Composed of five lines or five-line stanzas, the limerick adheres to a strict rhyme scheme and bouncy rhythm, making it easy to memorize. Typically, the first two lines rhyme with each other, the third and fourth rhyme together, and the fifth line either repeats the first line or rhymes with it. Although the origin of the limerick is not entirely known, it has an active, if not long, history. It appeared as a form in the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, first published in 1791 (as Mother Goose’s Melodies). Poets quickly adopted the form and published limericks widely. Among them, Edward Lear’s self-illustrated Book of Nonsense, from 1846, remains a benchmark. He preferred the term “nonsense” to “limerick,” and wrote many funny examples, including the following: There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, “It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!” This is a form of poetry that we can all participate in, write our own and have fun! Please read and have fun! A wonderful bird is the pelican, His bill will hold more than his belican, He can take
With the world’s attention on COVID-19, I believe that now is the time to talk about another pandemic that’s been happening right under our noses: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). When infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses or fungi stop responding to the medicines designed to treat them, that’s AMR. Resistance builds over time through overexposure to antimicrobial drugs, such as antibiotics, or disinfectants. With ineffective treatments, these infections persist in the body and ultimately spread to others.
At times of crisis, expert opinion is crucial to formulate policy and direction. The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the life-saving importance of medical leadership at national as well as operational levels. Innovation and rapid re-organisation have enabled healthcare systems to cope with the unprecedented demands placed on services in both primary and secondary care settings. While there have been genuine issues picked up in the media, this should not detract from the enormous value gained from medical engagement and the real and present opportunity to capture and change the way we lead healthcare over the coming months.