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Obituary: Professor John Henry, MBBS, FRCP, FFAEM (1939–2007)
Allister Vale
Critical Care , 2008, DOI: 10.1186/cc6196
Abstract: It may not be generally known that John developed a streptococcal throat infection while on holiday in Italy in 1969. This was treated inadequately and Henoch-Schonlein purpura and kidney failure supervened. It was thought unlikely that he would be able to sustain a career in medicine on chronic dialysis and he therefore retired from active medical practice. He received a renal transplant in 1976, which was successful and he returned to medicine. Some 30 years later he required the removal of this kidney and died subsequently from a massive haemorrhage.As a medical student John joined Opus Dei as a "numerary" member. He was Director of Netherhall House, an Opus Dei student house, between 1967 and 1970 and returned to live there during his last years. His faith enabled him to cope with his illness and with the pressures of everyday medical practice. He had a lifelong interest in football, which was in no small measure due to his father having been team doctor to Millwall Football Club.John's enthusiasm for life and for toxicology was stimulating, even though at times he was exhausted by his illness. He had the ability to put across complicated toxicological concepts in simple language and, as a consequence, he was a very good teacher and was much in demand by the media. He worked closely with the Science Media Centre, London. He published widely on all aspects of clinical pharmacology and toxicology and also undertook basic research into the mechanisms of toxicity, which have enhanced our understanding substantially in key areas. In recent years, John's work has emphasized the toxicity of illicit drugs – particularly MDMA (Ecstasy), cannabis and cocaine – elucidated their underlying mechanisms of toxicity and proposed how poisoning by these agents might be managed optimally. One of the last papers John published before his death was on the potential role of alpha1-acid glycoprotein in the treatment of sodium channel blockade in cocaine poisoning. It is fitting that t
Biotoxinas emergentes em águas europeias e novos riscos para a saúde pública
Vale,Paulo;
Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública , 2011,
Abstract: in europe, public health problems related to marine biotoxins have been largely related to consumption of bivalve contaminated by toxic microalgae, like in other temperate zones of the planet. however, in mediterranean countries new public health risks have starting to be recurrent since the first decade of the xxi century. climate changing seems to be favouring the appearance of biotoxins common only in tropical zones at progressively higher latitudes. in this review the problems that progressively emergent biotoxins have been causing in southern europe, including palytoxins, tetrodotoxins and ciguatoxins, will be summarised. the presence of palytoxins in the mediterranean sea led to the inclusion of the aerosol exposure route in the transfer of biotoxins to man. until recently, only food ingestion was a known route. exposure to marine aerosol was already responsible for a few outbreaks of respiratory symptoms in italy and spain. these biotoxins are produced by the microalgae ostreopsis ovata. these problems occurred in summer time in sheltered bays, affecting inhabitants and tourists. the opening of the suez channel created the appropriate conditions for the establishment in the east mediterranean sea of the puffer-fish lagocephalus sceleratus, originating in the red sea, bearing tetrodotoxins. specimens were captured in the aegan sea on several occasion and caused some food poisonings in israel, having constituted permanent populations in this area. juvenile specimens might be confused with other edible fish and consumed by mistake. until 2004, the registered cases of ciguatera fish poisoning in european countries originated from previous travel to risk areas, such as caribbean sea, indic or pacific oceans. fish contaminated with ciguatera toxins was first captured in 2004 at the canary islands. recurrence of the phenomena further north in 2008, with fish captured at selvagens islands (madeira arquipelago), and in end of 2008 again in canary islands, led to the e
Review Essay Demilitarisation and Peace-Building in Southern Africa: Understanding the Opportunities Lost
Peter Vale
African Sociological Review / Revue Africaine de Sociologie , 2005,
Abstract: African Sociological Review Vol. 9(2) 2005: 237-242
Review: Policy lessons from an unexpected source
P Vale
Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies , 2008,
Abstract: In April 2008, Paul Wolfowitz admitted that the US was “pretty much clueless on counterinsurgency”2 during the first year of the Iraq War. This confession says much about the ongoing war in that country. At that time, it will be remembered, Wolfowitz was the US Deputy Secretary for Defence and together with his boss, the then Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, was a leading “Neo-Con” (Neo- Conservative) – as this ever more notorious thread of American foreign policy thinking has been called. Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies Vol. 36 (2) 2008: pp. 99-112
A sputnik moment? The Natural Sciences and Humanities.An interview with Edward L.Ayers
Peter Vale
South African Journal of Science , 2010, DOI: 10.4102/sajs.v105i7/8.29
Abstract: Fifty years ago,the Natural Sciences and the Humanities were described (byC.P. Snow)as‘TwoCultures’. Are they still so? This interview conducted by Peter Vale suggests that they are complementary and are likely to be increasingly so. Edward Ayers is the President of the University o fRichmond. Previously dean of arts and sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980,Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003. A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited ten books. The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prizein1992. In the Presence of Mine Enemies, War in the Heart of America 1859–1863 won the 2003 Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492. Ayersisa former president of the US National Council on the Humanities, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Knowledge divides and other tales from social science
Peter Vale
South African Journal of Science , 2011, DOI: 10.4102/sajs.v107i5/6.703
Abstract:
Science and human rights
Peter Vale
South African Journal of Science , 2012,
Abstract:
A Language Garden in the Desert: Bustan Al Qusas
David Vale
Humanising Language Teaching , 2010,
Abstract:
POLICY LESSONS FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE
Peter Vale
Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies , 2011, DOI: 10.5787/36-2-54
Abstract: Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes. (2008), The Three Trillion Dollar War. The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict. London: Penguin. 311 pages. In April 2008, Paul Wolfowitz admitted that the US was “pretty much clueless on counterinsurgency” during the first year of the Iraq War. This confession says much about the ongoing war in that country. At that time, it will be remembered, Wolfowitz was the US Deputy Secretary for Defence and together with his boss, the then Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, was a leading “Neo-Con” (Neo- Conservative) – as this ever more notorious thread of American foreign policy thinking has been called. Six years on – and well over a million Americans and Iraqis dead – the truth is, at last, seeping through about the invasion of Iraq, its immediate aftermath and the drawn-out war.
A topological description of the space of prime ideals of a monoid
Richard Vale
Mathematics , 2010,
Abstract: We describe which topological spaces can arise as the prime spectrum of a commutative monoid, in the spirit of Hochster's and Brenner's theses.
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