A quick run down on things that live in mouths and genitals, and what we can do about them.
Before getting on the scales, I ask "Shoes on or off?"
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
A few years back, 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 brain surgery alone in a broom cupboard with cleaning gloves. Elective … Continue reading the legacy of TVMed™
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
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
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 a pot of violets by her bed. She finds solace and a solitary kind of … Continue reading eye to tentacle with the snail