POETRY

Mercy Clinic II

Poems About Barry

by Jessica Ford. Sadly, the following two poems are about the same person, the first patient I ever took a full history from – an elderly man who has influenced my life immensely ...

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.

Solo Track

by Jeff Bown. For many years my wife and I have enjoyed walking and jogging the Manawatu Gorge Track, often at the end of a working day. We talk and listen to birdsong ...

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Late Love

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.

Holocaust Memorial Speech

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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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.

Late Love

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.

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.

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.

A Shocking Experience

by Trevor Lloyd. An experience from the other side ...