Jemima T Tagal reports on the blogging phenomenon within the medical community
It's 1 am, and you're in the doctor's mess because your surgical team has asked you to be on-call with them. It's been a quiet night and they're dozing, but you've got exams next week, and you need to cram. You feel like throwing the books away and giving up medicine altogether. You've had a bad day, and it doesn't help that you're in a rural, 100 bed hospital with none of your friends around for a rant.
Perhaps a bit of verbal diarrhoea will help vent the frustration. But who will listen in the middle of the night? If you're the sort of person who keeps a diary, you probably know how therapeutic it is to put feelings into words on paper. Alternatively, type it into your laptop and publish it on your blog.
The word “blog” is a short form of “weblog,” a word created in 1997. Typically,