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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.

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...

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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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...

Glenn Colquhoun’s Blog: New Fellows’ Graduation Ceremony speech

Last year I was asked to speak at the New Fellows graduation ceremony for the Australasian College of Physicians in Auckland. Coming up with...

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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.

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...

Once Upon A Time … I Knew All This!

by Sinéad Donnelly. This is part of a longer essay recording my year of transition from palliative medicine to acute medicine. I write to console myself and to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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.

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.