The Imaginary Patient by Jules Montague
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Author of "THE IMAGINARY PATIENT". Granta Books. Out May 12th. As featured on BBC Radio 4, in the Telegraph and Times, and at the Royal Institution.
Author of "LOST AND FOUND". Published by Sceptre, March 2018. As featured on BBC Radio 4, Sky News and in the Guardian, Telegraph, and Sunday Times.
The Imaginary Patient by Jules Montague
Jules Montague, Gavin Francis and Jennifer Jacquet discuss diagnosis, recovery and challenging the science, with Adam Rutherford When people feel ill they go to the doctor for a diagnosis and what they hope will be the first step on the road to recovery.
Author and former consultant neurologist Jules Montague looks at how diagnoses can be influenced by many external factors. In former consultant neurologist Jules Montague's new book, The Imaginary Patient, she looks at how they can be influenced by many external factors. Who gets to choose which conditions are "real" or not, and is that a helpful question to ask?
4:30 pm BST In this special event writer and producer Victoria Shepherd ( A History of Delusions ) and writer and former consultant neurologist Jules Montague ( The Imaginary Patient ) explore the implications behind diagnostic labels, the stories of collective anxieties and traumas, the history behind illness and our current modern maladies.
On 17 May Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, announced that part-time, volunteer special constables will be allowed to use electroshock weapons, ie stun guns, one of several measures included in "Operation Sceptre", a government campaign promoting crime-fighting. This is cause for concern for several reasons.
New guidelines from the World Health Organization recommending abstinence from alcohol in pregnancy could have wide ramifications, warns Jules Montague "THEY know that they have a tummy mummy. And she drank alcohol when they were in her tummy." That is how Alison, who lives outside Belfast, UK, explains things to her adopted sons Sean (13) and James (12).
Ayesha is nine years old. As her father lays her down gently on a mattress at the clinic, the only perceptible sign of life is the slow movement of her ribcage as she breathes in and out. She otherwise remains almost motionless, in stark contrast to the other children who run around this Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) paediatric clinic by Moria camp.
There are some young people who are lost to the world. These real-life 'sleeping beauties' are locked in a state of slumber, consumed by sleep for 15 to 20 hours each day, sometimes more. Then they finally open their eyes, only to speak monosyllabically or in muddled sentences.
Jay Shetty is 8 years old. He is smart and bright, says his mother Shilpa, even if he can't do all the things his younger brother can. "Jay doesn't sit up or use his hands much. He's non-verbal and we don't know how well he can see," she says.
For the many thousands of refugees waiting in Greece, the process to establish the truth of their tragic personal histories is often extremely upsetting. But a group of medics and legal workers is working together to make the system more humane.
Suzy Syrett suddenly stopped going to her bipolar support group. Nobody had thrown her out, but one day she had bipolar and the next day she didn't. Her symptoms had begun at university - she withdrew socially, her grades began to fall and her mood was low: "I was essentially struggling with life and not understanding why."
Until last year, Borris would never turn down a pork chop. He was partial to ice cream during the summer and loved a Sunday roast in the winter - including beef with Yorkshire pudding, pigs in blankets, mashed potatoes, and a selection of vegetables. Borris is a five-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
'Their limbs wracked and, tormented so ... their arms, necks, and backs turned this way and that way, and returned back again. Their mouths stopped, their throats choked. They had several sore fits.' - A contemporary description of cousins Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, the first of the afflicted at Salem.
In a dark, nondescript room tucked away in the depths of a London research centre, Lucy Gallop is demonstrating how we might treat eating disorders in future. Improbably, she presses on a pedal under a desk, like a driver pulling away in first gear.
A Dublin experiment is trying to close the revolving door that recycles people from the street to the hospital ward, and back again
Oliver McAfee was supposed to be home in time for Christmas 2017. But the 29-year-old landscape gardener, originally from Dromore in Northern Ireland's County Down, hasn't been seen since 21 November 2017. McAfee had been cycling along the Israel National Trail, near the desert city of Mitzpe Ramon, before he vanished.
They called him "The Oddfather". He was boss of New York's Genovese crime family and one of the most influential Mafia figures of his time. But for more than three decades, Vincent Gigante feigned insanity to avoid jail time, wandering around Greenwich village in a bathrobe and slippers.
The character of Sherlock Holmes, famous for drawing his conclusions from detailed observations, was inspired by a real-life doctor. But while doctors' diagnoses use similar methods to detectives, the clues they spot and the verdicts they reach may be less clear-cut.
Monai Doley is telling me how he cures snake bites. We are standing in a paddy field: scorching sun, cloudless sky. This is the island of Bhekeli 1 in Assam, north-eastern India. Doley, tall and broad-shouldered, head shaved, tells me the Cal Bikal snake is particularly dangerous.
Tom Sutcliffe with Jules Montague, Anthony David, Nick Chater and Stephen Beresford.
One sunflower painting looks like another here, each numberless door is identical and I am hopelessly disoriented; desperate to find an exit, a shaft of light, even. I turn right, up another featureless corridor, and then left and then right again - but is this really the way I came?
Sex workers in Mozambique are providing health support to those at the margins of society. They face political and financial challenges, but against the odds they are helping thousands. Jules Montague reports. It's late when we reach Inhamízua on the outskirts of the city. Stalls sell crackling chicken feet and sizzling plantain.
'I feel my Spectre rising upon me! . . . The Spectre is, in Giant Man; insane, and most deform'd' - William Blake The man squats on my chest. His palms stretch across my collarbone; his fingers extend to press my carotid arteries. A mouse hangs by its tail from the bedroom lamp to my right.
Within the first half-hour of the BBC's psychological thriller Trust Me, Cath (a former nurse) had stolen her doctor friend's identity, picked up some suturing skills from YouTube, and was handling a stethoscope like a pro.
A blind teenager with a brain tumour is at the centre of a UK court case that pits the hopes of his parents against medical opinion. In February, doctors argued that the 18-year-old had no more than two weeks to live and that active treatment including chemotherapy and brain surgery would be futile.
Steve Thomas and I are talking about brain implants. Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For a Hero is playing in the background and for a moment I almost forget that a disease has robbed Steve of his speech. The conversation breaks briefly; now I see his wheelchair, his ventilator, his hospital bed.
There it is in your Facebook timeline or Instagram gallery - a digital footprint of your mental health. It's not hidden in the obvious parts: the emojis, hashtags and inspirational quotes. Instead, it lurks in subtler signs that, unbeknownst to you, may provide a diagnosis as accurate as a doctor's blood pressure cuff or heart rate monitor.
As part of 2016's Autism Acceptance Month, Apple released an uplifting video called Dillan's Voice, in which a nonverbal teenager delivers a speech at his graduation, his text turning swiftly to spoken word through his iPad. Before he had the iPad, he says in the video's voiceover, people thought he didn't have a mind, that he wasn't in control.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.Voltaire (1770)She had visited Madonna's mansion the week before, Maggie told me during my ward round. Helped her choose outfits for the tour. The only problem was that Maggie was a seamst...
She was missing but police knew where she was. She could not remember her name, her family or her childhood. She knew that she was dying, but only that. Interpol released a missing persons report: 1.7m, 91kg, brown eyes, chip on front tooth, right-handed, Caucasian, appears to be in her 50s, piercing on each ear, shoe size 39.
On this week's show, we take a look at the brain and how it relates to our sense of self. Wendy Mitchell, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at 58, talks about her memoir Somebody I Used to Know and what changes her dementia has caused in her personality, tastes and everyday life.
In 1998, the Lancet published a paper on a putative link between the MMR vaccine and autism. That summer I was a medical student rotating though a hospital elective in Dublin. The first patient I saw was a nine year-old girl with measles encephalitis. She was paralysed, mute, and blind.
How would you fake cancer? Shave your head? Pluck your eyebrows? Install a chemo port into your neck? These days you don't need to. Belle Gibson's story is a masterclass on faking cancer in the modern age. She fooled Apple, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Penguin.
Sperm donor 9623 looked good on paper. An IQ of 160. A bachelor's degree in neuroscience, a master's in artificial intelligence, en route to a PhD in neuroscience engineering. A passion for "crystallography, algorithms and fitness". Ontario couple Elizabeth Hanson and Angela Collins thought they had found the perfect father for their baby.
These days, even the most defiant smoker is unlikely to be ignorant of the health risks associated with a 40-a-day habit. But what if you could have an annual Cat scan of your lungs for cancer? To catch out nodules twisting into shadows of malignant cells.
Your main concerns when you attend a festival might include any of the following: how will I identify my tent at 5am? Is glamping worth it? Will Este from Haim do bassface? But one thing you should not have to worry about is: will I get measles?
Marijuana didn't feature in my textbooks when I started Medical School nearly 20 years ago. Then again, I didn't study the world's oldest surviving medical text, the 2nd century BC Shen-nung Pen-tshao Ching. This championed the herb in its treatment of "rheumatism, female weakness, absent-mindedness, and malaria".
This week, the Brain Tumour Charity reported that women with brain tumours are being dismissed as attention-seekers or told they are just tired - only getting a diagnosis after several trips to the doctor. This delay can be catastrophic. But it is perhaps unsurprising.
This week, David Tredinnick (MP for Bosworth, Conservative, Capricorn) told us that astrology and homeopathy could help the NHS. In the past he's told the House of Commons of the latter's effectiveness in treating HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. He is welcome to join me on my neurology ward rounds this week.
During an impromptu Q&A on her Tumblr, teenage pop superstar Lorde revealed that when she first wrote her 2013 super-smash 'Tennis Court', it was so boringly tan it made her feel sick. Then they worked out a pre-chorus and it turned green, which was loads better.
If you're hoping to win an argument this week, try talking neuro-gibberish. Irrelevant neuroscience information - or "neurobabble" - makes for the most convincing scientific explanations, according to researchers at Villanova University and the University of Oregon.
The American Chemical Society has released a slasher video in time for Halloween. What happens in your brain as death (an axe-wielding fiend) approaches? Fear triggers the thalamus, the brain's switchboard. Danger calls.Fear courses through your bloodstream via glutamate, the hypothalamus gears up for fight or flight.
BOOKS - Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves
Buy Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves by Dr Jules Montague (ISBN: 9781473646940) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
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Tom Sutcliffe with Jules Montague, Anthony David, Nick Chater and Stephen Beresford.
If we lose our memories, do we lose ourselves? This is the question Jules Montague sets out to answer in Lost and Found: Memory, Identity and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves. In her quest to answer this question Montague takes the reader on an exquisite journey into the human brain and beyond that, to the metaphysics of personhood.
Dementia can be treasured and amnesia has its benefits, according to consultant neurologist Jules Montague, who is turning traditional thinking on its head in her new book. By Eithne Shortall.
Warwickshire words in the Bard's verse + the real Cleopatra. And playwright Ella Hickson.
Dr. Jules Montague joins Ryan Tubridy in studio to talk about her work and matters of the mind. "Lost and Found: Memory, Identity and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves" is available now.
Neurologist and author Jules Montague joined Pat in studio to talk about her new book 'Lost and Found: Memory, Identity and who we become when we're no longer ourselves'.
Sceptre has pre-empted Lost and Found, a "ground-breaking" book about "the new neuroscience of identity". Drummond Moir, associate publisher at Sceptre, pre-empted UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canadian) rights to Lost and Found by consultant neurologist and writer Jules Montague from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit UK.