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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 ...

Tread Lightly For You Tread On My Bones

by Jeff Brown. Three days on Gelibolu (Gallipoli) for 100th anniversary of Anzac Day after call up at fortnight’s notice in the ballot. Both my grandfathers were there, one for nine days, the other for the entire campaign. Guided by a local, Murat, I saw history through his eyes, shared tears more than once, and met his mentor Mustafa, before completing a kind of pilgrimage at the dawn service and memorials. I attempted to capture a few emotions amongst the myriad. Then struggled for a year until I landed on the single word at the end of the penultimate line.

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.

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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.

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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.

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A Post Mortem with Sir Keith Simpson by Paul Reeve. When I reflect back on why I started on my rather unorthodox career, I appreciate that there have been multiple factors. One was an experience I had as a first year house officer at the Royal and Ancient Hospital of Saint Bartholomews. It made me appreciate I probably wasn’t cut out for a London teaching hospital career.

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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.