Return to practice


Further surgery on my hands in March and April this year have regrettably stymied practice. My surgical review occurs in late June, after which it should be possible to provide a definitive date of return to practice, which I will advise here.

In the meantime, I proffer my sincere and warm thanks to so many for their concern and their patience. I have much to be grateful for.

Dr Christopher McGrath

Facebook comes of age with a mental and social health warning


Mike Allen Nov 9 (AXIOS)

Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human psychology

... the clarion call to seek a 'life' not a 'like'? Facebook should come with a mental and social health warning?

  • "The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, ... was all about: 'How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'"
  • "It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."
  • "The inventors, creators — it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people — understood this consciously. And we did it anyway."
  • "When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and they would say, 'I'm not on social media.' And I would say, 'OK. You know, you will be.' And then they would say, 'No, no, no. I value my real-life interactions. I value the moment. I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, ... 'We'll get you eventually.'"

And, (Fast Company) Dec 11 Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping apart society

"Facebook’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya recently gave a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business."

“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created [including the hearts, likes, and thumbs up of various social media channels] are destroying how society works.” He added, “[There’s] no civil discourse, no cooperation; [only] misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem–this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”

"Unsurprisingly, when it comes to social media, his children “aren’t allowed to use that shit.”

A 'heads-up' from the horse's mouth were there ever one.