My first Good Samaritan moment, supporting cast: a large buttocked man and a bison burger

This piece was also published in Australian Doctor. I'd never done the doctor in public thing. That's not true, I'd popped back a dislocated shoulder at the gym. I'd been waiting for a cardiac arrest on a long haul flight, but in fact it came one prosaic lunchtime Sunday. I was in Washington, D.C, and … Continue reading My first Good Samaritan moment, supporting cast: a large buttocked man and a bison burger

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 talked in detail about prostate cancer testing and I offered to provide written information as … Continue reading what I do for thirty seven dollars and five cents

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 the endotracheal tube swinging jauntily over his shoulder. Born with his hands in abdominal stab … Continue reading the three best compliments ever