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tears, smears, leers and sometimes medicine

what I do for thirty seven dollars and five cents

The building contractor chatted pleasantly while I checked his blood pressure, waist circumference, recent cholesterol levels, fasting glucose and urine protein. We discussed screening for bowel cancer with “the poo test” versus colonoscopy, with reference to his family history. We... Continue Reading →

Betty vs. The State: a one act play in remembrance of recent reality

Setting: Betty returns from travelling South America, blithely planning to take up her medical career where she left off. She will do some revision, a few courses to update her skills and get a well-supervised job to ease back into... Continue Reading →

eye to tentacle with the snail

  The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elisabeth Tova Bailey, 2010 This is the autobiography of a woman who becomes suddenly and devastatingly unwell and then meets a snail. It is brought to her sick room and put in... Continue Reading →

the three best compliments ever

1. The Indirect Compliment He was a doctor, a real one. Raised in the bad old days, when your boss left you with three hundred dying children and went to play golf. He walked around with premature babies hanging from... Continue Reading →

starting over at the end

Sept 2013 I'm back to medicine - in a haematology unit. Leukaemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma. Hence I'm thinking a lot about my own death and the fact that there is maybe a 30-40% chance it will come with crumbling bones... Continue Reading →

first night

My first intern shift in emergency, the consultant smirked pleasantly at me. “Don’t be nervous” she said, “Just remember - the air goes in and out and the blood goes round and round.” That is only half true. That’s what... Continue Reading →

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