that lady doctor

tears, smears, leers and sometimes medicine

bad doctors

Last week a technical glitch during the RACP exam jeopardised years of study for junior physician trainees. You really have to have studied for years after and before work, around your family, your personal life and instead of having holidays,... Continue Reading →

pills and clots, Hills and plots…

After his daughter developed a blood clot while taking the medication Diane-35, Federal MP Julian Hill last week outlined his plan to ban the drug in Australia. He is concerned that GPs are mindlessly prescribing this dangerous drug because they like... Continue Reading →

the legacy of TVMed™

I was on my lunch break in the hospital tea room. A scene from House or Grey's Room or Emergency Anatomy or whatever was playing on the grotty T.V on top of the microwave. An intern appeared to be doing... Continue Reading →

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 →

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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