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Mercy Clinic II

by Angela Andrews. This is the second of two poems I wrote about being a patient at a breast clinic, which was an experience that threw all the routine questions, tests and conversations I'd been part of many times before – as a doctor – into a new light.

Riddle

by Angela Andrews. I was thinking about the symbols of medicine when I wrote this riddle. Although I don't particularly want to give the poem away before you read it, by the time I got to the end of writing it I was thinking as much about the persona of a doctor – what is required – as I was about the literal object.

Boy with a Runny Nose

by Glenn Colquhoun. This a one of a sequence of poems I began to write a while ago to John Keats. He trained as a doctor and wrote a beautiful sequence of odes not long before his death ...

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Glenn Colquhoun talks to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand about 'Late love,' his recent book about the overlap in his life between poetry and medicine as well as his work as a GP working with young people in Horowhenua.

Extract from “Things That Matter”, by David Galler

Our mystery man was still on a ventilator, I hoped asleep as a result of the sedation we were giving him rather than unconscious due to a massive head injury. What I did know was that he was far too unstable for us to move him to be scanned in order to find out one way or the other.

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Holocaust Memorial Speech (He Korero Maumaharatanga mo te mate Kohuru Kino nui i te wa o te Holocaust) Korero   whakataki Speech introduction Tihei mauri ora!  E nga...

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Return to Paradise

by Trevor Lloyd. In August, I had the opportunity to return to work in Vanuatu - on Santo, an island rich in history and culture.

To Write of Martin B

by Sinéad Donnelly. I believe in the fullness of an encounter. There are so many in palliative medicine. I believe that by paying careful attention, moments full of infinity happen. When I am not fully present, these moments pass me by … forever.

Working In Vanuatu: Politics and Medicine

by Paul Reeve. “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest” is a saying attributed to Confucius. One of our trainees recently started a talk with it. She had asked if she could use some of my slides. I have taken the liberty of using her quote. Anecdotal experience is the greatest driver of practice. As I have aged I have reflected more and more on my own experiences. As a doctor one has the privilege of looking after some fascinating people and I like to think I have learned from them.

Doctors’ Hours and The Mess Dinner

by Paul Reeve. Doctors' hours have always been topical ...

Extract from “Things That Matter”, by David Galler

Our mystery man was still on a ventilator, I hoped asleep as a result of the sedation we were giving him rather than unconscious due to a massive head injury. What I did know was that he was far too unstable for us to move him to be scanned in order to find out one way or the other.