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Multitudes

by Art Nahill. Multitudes is a grappling with all the deaths I have seen and been part of in my career.

You and I

by Nicola Pereira. At seventeen, my friend suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. The impact shattered our youthful sense of invulnerability and changed the trajectory of her life...

Commitment

by Art Nahill. Commitment was written after struggling with the decision to declare a patient incompetent. She was unable to return home and part of me felt that I had failed her in some fundamental way.

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Middlemore is My Hospital

by Glenn Colquhoun. This is an address I gave at the opening of Ko Awatea in 2011. In some ways this is where The Medicine Stories Project started. Having put my thoughts down here I found it hard to shut up and walk away from them...

A Troublesome Cough

by Trevor Lloyd. My experience working as a solo doctor in the Maniototo taught me a deep respect for the people who live in this remote farming community. It also helped me to develop my ideas about the effectiveness of medical treatments. The incident I describe touches on both of these aspects. It is also, at least in retrospect, is one of the funniest things that has happened to me in medical practice.

The Afternoon Before Christmas 2009

by Sinéad Donnelly. I wrote this piece on Christmas Eve, the day I met this patient. It is consoling to read again every year, as Christmas can be lonely as an immigrant to New Zealand.

Something to Pass On

by Trevor Lloyd. This story collects together some of my experiences of living and working as a young doctor in Vanuatu. This was a valuable part of my education as a doctor and as a person. I strongly recommend it. The incident I describe is one of many lessons that the people there taught me.

My Life As A Doctor

by Trevor Lloyd. This piece is based on an assignment for a postgraduate paper on The Nature of Medical Practice. It has allowed me some reflection on my experience of medical practice at different stages of my life. It also gives some valuable background about the context for the other stories.