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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 ...

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.