The medium is the message
Re-published with permission from Dr Archie Prentice, President of the Royal College of Pathologists First published in The Bulletin of the Royal College of Pathologists, Number 167 July 2014 Medical Innovation Bill One of the great attractions of a career in haematology or in any other clinical pathology discipline is the opportunity to contribute to continuous progress in understanding the causes of diseases and thus to improvement in therapy. Over the past 40 years I felt I'd been fortunate to be working in continuous innovation and this progress was widely recognised. Or so I thought until the following surreal experience. Lord Saatchi came to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) in mid-March to explain to the assembled Presidents why his private Bill on Medical Innovation was necessary. He described his experience of the management of his wife who presented with advanced ovarian cancer, in particular the manner in which he had been told that there was no treatment that