Glenn Colquhoun’s Blog: “Doctor in the Mountains”


22 February 2016:  Hi everyone,  I was wandering through the local market the other day and came across a book called Doctor in the Mountains.  It is the autobiography of Dr William Anderson and it was published in 1964. It is a memoir of his life working around the Lake Wakatipu district as a GP for the best part of 50 years, and is full of insights that continue to be relevant to being a doctor. I picked it up for $5.00 and began to realise that there must be dozens of books like this that have been written by NZ doctors over the years. I suspect many have been buried on bookshelves for a long time. It would be great to compile a list of them … and to try and collect a copy of them where possible, for the library at Ko Awatea. So … If you know of any please take a moment and send us an email and let us know the title of the book and the author and we can add it to our list. People often remark that medicine and writing are unusual things to combine in a life but I’m not so sure … I’d guess there is a great number of doctors who have written about their experiences in medicine. Anyway, scratch your heads and check the bookshelves and let us know what’s out there.

In the meantime thanks to those who have sent writing in so far to The Medicine Stories Project. Our small website is starting to stretch and grow, and there is some great writing lining up in the wings to go up over the next few weeks. We’d love to hear your stories so please take some time when you can, and consider scratching something out for us.

Cheers, Glenn.

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