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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

The best estimates suggest between one and three in every 1,000 patients given a general anaesthetic wake up during their operations

I had no idea that this was so relatively common. I guess it’s actually quite scary if you think about it. But you have to wonder what exactly is meant by ‘best’ estimates – do they just mean ‘best’ in the context of the article (ie the scariest) figures?

Another thing which has surprised me this week is a review which claims fifty percent of smokers will have their lives shortened by smoking by between ten and sixteen years. I knew smoking was very bad for you, but even I didn’t realise it was quite that bad. Not that this changes my position on smoking bans.

This 363rd post was filed under: News and Comment.

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