When You Have a Hammer …

Oct 22, 2018

My mother’s beautiful face is etched in my mind, creased by a soft pattern of a million tiny wrinkles which resonate with me as the signature of a life spent smiling, happy. Aged 85, with short grey hair and a healthy complexion, she warms the hearts of everyone who knows her.

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A Dignified Death

Oct 4, 2018

Just before I’m due to start my morning round with the residents, nurses and students in Pediatric Ward A, my phone rings. Caroline, the lead nurse on Ward B speaks with some urgency.

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Can illness actually heal us?

Sep 19, 2018

I have always thought that my role as a pediatrician was to reduce suffering and help set patients on a fast track to a positive state of health.

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Following your calling

Sep 4, 2018

The day I signed up for medical school, I strode towards the University, gliding on invisible wings. I felt the sun on my skin and inhaled the crisp morning air like a nourishing breakfast.  Entering the building, I steered towards the chancellery like someone who already knew their way.

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How I let Rebecca down

May 30, 2018

‘Requesting admission for a previously healthy 14-year-old girl, found unconscious. Cause unknown. Expected time of arrival on the hospital roof is 30 minutes.’  As a young resident training in pediatrics I was getting used to receiving emergency calls from the national rescue helicopter service.

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How much do we really know?

May 23, 2018

It’s Friday lunch time on a cold winter’s day. Long queues of doctors, nurses and therapists all dressed in white wait in the neon-lit hospital canteen for their turn at the counter. I sit at a table with my colleagues John and Mary, hastily eating my sandwich and quickly downing an iced tea.

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Heart Based Medicine is a radically different way of thinking about and practising medicine.

May 4, 2018

It taps into and relies upon what every medic knows but only a few dare to acknowledge. Authentic compassion and loving attention play a major part in healing.  All of us recover faster – psychologically, physically and mentally – when we feel loved, cared for, safe and connected. We also instinctively know that when we experience stress, discord and loneliness we are more prone to psychological, physical and mental illness.

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