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Mercy Clinic II

Doctor to Patient (on ornithology and the practice of medicine)

by Glenn Colquhoun. I wrote this poem after contemplating almost 20 years working as a doctor. It occurred to me how often my head had been noisy during consultations over that time and how often I had been grumpy or tired or worried about what to do next ...

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.

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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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.

On the Other Side

by Anja Werno. The story relates back to my time as a patient in a German University hospital in 1990 after a significant head injury. The accident happened whilst working on my MD in the University virology laboratory. A probable “pain syncopy” with loss of consciousness resulted my head hitting the concrete floor. The impact caused an occipital fracture and several frontal contrecoup bleeds. Needless to say it was the start of a frustrating, but ultimately lucky, journey.

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.

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...

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.