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A Miscarriage on Mother’s Day

by Nadia Ali. This was written the morning after a particularly emotional night shift on my Obstetrics and Gynaecology rotation. Some patients stay with me longer than others, and I have thought often about the woman this was written about. Writing is one way I choose to process some of the tough everyday situations we face in medicine.

One Hundred and Two

by Art Nahill. This was written for a patient of that exact age whose body was failing although her mind remained sharp. The poem tries to reflect the ambivalence she feels and often expressed about going on.

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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Miraculous Maisie

by Jill McIlraith. As a child, Jill wanted to be a vet (or a policewoman) but settled for being a human doctor instead - and has never regretted it, although animals continue to be pivotal to her life.

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...

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.

Woody Guthrie’s Role in My Not Being a Psychiatrist

by Alistair Macdonald. I am now a retired renal physician. The Medicine Stories Project struck me as a fantastic idea. I have always thought that one of the important things that was missing in medicine was the narrative. This story reflected the fluid nature of how important it is to make decisions on the basis of one’s own experiences. Louis Pasteur said “Chance favours the prepared mind”. On reflection, I think in my own discursive fashion, this is what I think my thoughts were at the time.