Tag Archives: Marseille


14 Mar

An epic band from Marseille, the lyrics will make you shiver, especially the song “revolution”. If it is true that artists reflects the moods of peoples, stakeholders of our developed societies are allowed to be worried. How long the youth will support what the democracies are offering for their futur.



Landing at Marseille airport

30 Jun

When you have the chance of coming from Italy by air, before landing at Marignane (the Marseille’s airport) the captain warns you that the plane will fly over the Phocean city, which effectively appears suddenly on the right side of the plane trajectory. As I don’t often take planes, specially coming from that provenance I putted my IPhone on Plane mode ( a mandatory, highly important precaution for not disturbing the navigation devices on board) and took the pictures of Marseille I have the pleasure to share below. Enjoy the breathtaking view!









To the North

26 May

I woke up early this morning a 3:30 AM with the intention to go northerly by train.


Marseille (Photo credit: -eko-)

The Calanque of Sugiton in the 9th arrondissem...

The Calanque of Sugiton in the 9th arrondissement of Marseille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Entrance of the Paris gare de Lyon station

Entrance of the Paris gare de Lyon station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: TGV hall of the "Gare de Lyon&qu...

English: TGV hall of the “Gare de Lyon” railway station, Paris, France. Français : Hall TGV de la gare de Lyon, Paris, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gare de Lyon, Paris, France

Gare de Lyon, Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though it is useless to stipulate your direction when you plan to leave the southern suburbs of Marseille because the only one direction that is possible to take is precisely the North since the South and the West are occupied by the Mediterranean sea and the bay of Marseille and the East is blocked by the Calanques which are as you may not know, a desert of rocks absolutely deprived of any road, not to mention railway.

So as I said, I woke up early to go to the North by train and more accurately by TGV a.k.a. Train à Grande Vitesse (which can be translated in High Speed Train).
The TGV represents in France the equivalent of what the plane represents in the USA: the easiest way to travel across the country; be it fo visiting family or for work. This early morning of May the 22nd my destination was a professional meeting in the northern suburb of Paris called “La plaine Saint Denis”. For that purpose I stepped down in the subway station Rond Point du Prado at 5:00 AM precisely in the southern suburb of Marseille. A moment later, comfortably seated in a TGV first class wagon I was glazing at a screen indicating the speed: the numbers oscillated between 260 and 301 kilometres per hour (i.e. 161 and 187 miles per hour). 3 hours and 20 minutes later after my departure I stood on the pier of the railways station called “Gare de Lyon” which, as its name does not indicate, is precisely located in Paris (French are not always logical persons). Like Marseille’s ones, the railways stations of Paris are in dead ends (trains have to go back to were they come from). But for different reasons: Marseille is at an extremity of the land route while Paris is the rail network centre. After a chat with my colleagues and a lunch I am now on my way home, coming back, crossing at 300 kilometres per hour speed the green landscape of France. If all goes well I would enjoy the diner in my place of abode next my beloved wife in Marseille around half past eight.

So it is not an exaggeration to say that, with the TGV, Paris nears Marseille more than it has ever done before. Indeed I have made the journey Marseille Paris and back in less than 15 hours, this time including a working session and a lunch. Never the less, despite this miracle of the technology, why have I the fuzzy feeling of having just wasting my time? Would it be because the wisdom teaches us that “the goal is the way”? ; For sure, 300 kilometres per hour might be a speed too high to enjoy mindfully the way.

The perfusionist, the cardio pulmonary bypass and the cell phone

28 Jan

Distracted Doctoring

English: Mobile phone evolution Русский: Эволю...

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Deutsch: Operationssaal: Ein Patient wird für ...

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Shiver people, while you are asleep anaesthetists email or tweet on their cell phones and nurses take a look at their Facebook page. The sleeping patient should ask “where is everybody?”
It’s not me who says that but a very serious study reported in the Antoine Flahault’s Blog and published in the very scholarly journal: Perfusion. Given the increasing number of Geek among the medical practitioners as it is testify by the increasing number of medical blogs especially in Marseilles, a law should be issued strictly forbidding to Doctors from chatting or tweeting when providing cares ;-).
Neurosurgeons, beware of posting comments or blogging only during the hours of the day your operating program is ended!

A name has been given to this problem: “distracted doctoring”.

And indeed Doctors should keep an eye to the patient while reading what happens on their tablet’s screen unless risking to provide better care to the I patient than to the real patient!

But we should be confidents to our young colleagues whose brain is multitasking functioning, since they have grown up being connected.

If not we could return to the good old times when surgeons and nurses had no computers nor smart phones in the operating room but were only talking each others of their love affairs while listening hard-rock on the cassette player and when the anaesthetist didn’t read his I pad but a romantic paperback ;-).

If you desire to learn more about the distracted doctoring effect:


Formatted Citation:

Smith T, Darling E, Searles B. 2010 Survey on cell phone use while performing cardiopulmonary bypass. Perfusion. 2011 Sep;26(5):375-380. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267659111409969.

The Antoine Flahault’s Blog

A French Doctor

12 Jan

Dr OG is a Marseilles French Doctor who published a letter to our president N. Sarkozy. But his activity is not only literacy but also very concrete: he managed to make the population of his suburb to dispose a brand new defibrillator. It’s only from recent times in France that we were aware of the risk of sudden death in a public place. In the English world it’s a common thing to worry how to reanimate someone who falls in the street, victim of a heart attack, since many years. Given the public spend cuts now at work in all the European countries, Dr OG, on his own personal initiative, asked privates sponsors to contribute to the project. So next Wednesday if you are passing by the Phocean city you’re heartily invited to celebrate the first defibrillator dedicated to people’s use in a public place in Marseilles.
Congratulation Dr OG

Le quotidien du médecin

10 Jan

Today is a celebration day. One of the most read daily medical news-paper in France, especially by general practitioners, has just quoted, in its January 9th, 2012 issue, the Health Services Authors blog.

The author of a letter published by the Quotidien du Médecin, Dr Olivier Guilhot, a general practitioner giving primary cares in a disadvantaged suburb of Marseilles, made a reference to two posts of the Health Services Authors blog: this one and this one.
I’m very pleased that this blog could be used as a material in an interesting debate about the risk of moral hazard attached to the declarative side of the financial incentives attribution procedure in the brand new P4P implemented in France last summer. This is the mission statement of health services authors blog to participate and fuel all the discussions in the health services policy provided that they are grounded on sound research results. If I do not endorse the entire contents of the letter nevertheless I was sensitive to some very stylish excerpts like for example the evocation of the ghosts of fathers of the social security system in 1945 (now all dead), victorious of the Nazis, inheriting the solidarity spirit from the concentration camps, assisting to an actual meeting and standing up and leaving the assembly when hearing a health care provider saying that it’s just sufficient to declare you succeeded the objectives to receive the financial incentive. I know the great majority of my colleagues are not that greedy. But here we touch the critical point: the moral hazard like insurers say.


28 Dec

A Christmas Sciatica

Tarlov's cyst, MRI

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During the night of December 24th I incurred a terrific backache which made me to experience the efficacy of the emergencies services in Marseilles. The pain was so intense that I asked my wife to dial the 15 (emergency phone number across all the France’s territory). They sent me (at five o clock in the morning of December 25th, Christmas day) a Doctor who injected me Bi-prophenid and Myolastan). After his departure, the pain increasing higher and higher and my left leg becoming insensitive I took myself the phone, dialled the 15 and asked to the physician regulator to send me an ambulance to transport me to the emergency room on the basis of neurological symptoms.  A crew of firemen of Marseilles arrived in about 10 minutes of time and transported me in a chair down my apartment (I was totally unable to walk) in to their fire department vehicle and to the neuro surgical emergency of the Timone university hospital.  I had in emergency an MRI (very sophisticated magnetic imagery, better than scanner). I was examined by an intern in neurosurgery. Pain was released by perfusion of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs (thanks to Big Pharma) during the day and the following night and no longer than the next day I was examined in my public hospital bed by the Professor Fuentes a Key Opinion Leader in Neuro surgery who diagnosed a 3/6 paresis of my left foot but no need of surgical intervention if no aggravation occurs in the following 24 hours.  I discharged from the hospital December 27th and was bring back home by a light sanitary vehicle. My sentiment after this event is: yes we have the best health care system in the world, but also the best health insurance system in the world (I had absolutely nor bill neither fee to pay). And I’m proud of it. Perhaps France is indebted but if it is for such results in term of care (same thing in term of child’s education or public transports), the money we have borrowed was not spend in vain. For now on I am on work loss with income compensation benefits.  I still have difficulties to stand up or to sit down for long periods or to walk for a distance. If my employer read this post I want him to know that I wrote it lying in my sofa with my laptop computer;-)

Ethnic Profiling

21 Nov
the harbour of Marseille

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The Calanque of Sugiton in the 9th arrondissem...
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An interesting study has been published by the the French Agency CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) addressing the ethnic profiling operated by the French Police in Paris ( district Les Halles). The report, written in French, is accessible on the CNRS web site.

This study has been funded by the Georges Soros foundation named Open Society Foundations. The survey was directed by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a branch of the Open Society Foundation, which has already published two interesting reports:
Muslims in Marseille; An at Home in Europe Project
Addressing Ethnic Profiling by Police; A Report on the Strategies for Effective Police Stop and Search Project.

The Soros foundation also adress issues in the public health field in its Public Health Program.


Patti Smith – Because The Night (Live Acoustic)

18 Nov
Because the Night

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I love this song and the woman who sings it!

She was in Marseilles in November 7th, 2011, in the concert hall which is called “le silo” but I missed her. From our special correspondent in Arles (who is in the same time my cousin): “She spent the day in Arles on tuesday, doing 2 readings and a great concert in the evening, in a small venue with 350 people : it was absolutely amazing : one of the best concerts in my life!!!”. Thank you cousin for having given me such a good news from one of my most beloved artist.

When I listen to her music the same charm operates more than Thirty years after:

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