POETRY

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.

You and I

by Nicola Pereira. At seventeen, my friend suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. The impact shattered our youthful sense of invulnerability and changed the trajectory of her life...

Doctor You’ll Have to Take Me Word

by Art Nahill. This piece is based on a story a patient related to a colleague. It reminded me that as hospital doctors we see and get to know so little of a patient's life history.

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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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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.

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.

Un Peu de Poupart

Un Peu de Poupart by Trevor Lloyd. They say that French is the language of love. Whatever their experience, many people associate it, in their minds, with romance, passion, and faraway places ...

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.