Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis

I was invited to give this talk at the ECHO Singapore 2018 conference last Saturday, and had to do a bit of reading up. Who should receive antibiotic prophylaxis against endocarditis, particularly when undergoing dental procedures, is obviously an important clinical decision. Endocarditis – inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, particularly the heart […]


The screenshot of the news article below says it all. I have never seen a case of diphtheria in my career and hence needed to do a little reading up. Respiratory diphtheria is a clinical syndrome characterized by sore throat and fever (the initial presentation is identical to most viral upper respiratory tract infections), followed […]

One Health Panel on Antimicrobial Resistance

I had the distinct pleasure of chairing the final panel of the workshop “Disease Across Species: The Science, Ethics, and Anthropology of One Health” organised by the enterprising Mr Zohar Lederman and Dr Lyle Fearnley of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (NUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) respectively. The panel was refreshingly […]

World TB Day 2017

Today is World TB Day, and this is the 36th edition since it was first inaugurated on 24th March 1982 by WHO and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). 135 years ago, Robert Koch presented perhaps the most important of his multiple seminal works, “Über Tuberkulose”, to the scientists gathered at the […]

Public and Private Sector (Personal Reflections 3)

An end of the year tongue-in-cheek answer to the spin-off question: why do more specialists look happier in the Singapore private sector? Personally, I think there could be several reasons. Firstly, part of it could just be perceptual in nature: they look happier because appearing happy pays off better than looking pessimistic and frustrated. A […]