POETRY

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.

Commitment

by Art Nahill. Commitment was written after struggling with the decision to declare a patient incompetent. She was unable to return home and part of me felt that I had failed her in some fundamental way.

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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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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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.

Un Peu de Poupart

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Something to Pass On

by Trevor Lloyd. This story collects together some of my experiences of living and working as a young doctor in Vanuatu. This was a valuable part of my education as a doctor and as a person. I strongly recommend it. The incident I describe is one of many lessons that the people there taught me.

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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.

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.