Trick or treat?
What are your plans this Halloween? If they’re anything like mine they will involve costumes, pumpkin carving, and too much sugar, but watch out in case the night ends in an unexpected trip to the emergency department. In his feature, Alexander Isted investigates the unique cases that present themselves on Halloween nights, including vampires falling foul of their biting sprees; the tragic case of the mummy set alight by his own DIY costume; and the mothers-to-be literally scared into labour (doi:10.1136/sbmj.f6337).
Who’s afraid of the General Medical Council? Plenty of us it seems—regulators are never popular with the people they regulate, but the GMC seems to have acquired some mythical properties among medical students and doctors. Last month it launched a survey of 7000 doctors to see whether they think it acts in a fair and objective way—in her feature, Clare Dyer questions whether the GMC is doing enough