I’m a medical doctor in South Africa, currently doing my Community Service year at a children’s hospital in Cape Town. Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
I enjoy the simple life. Yes, I walk around barefoot a lot.
I write about books, medical school, the South African healthcare system, and mental health.
Sometimes I get on my high horse about things. Sometimes I’m wrong. It happens.
This blog started as a means to debrief myself during med school, and to approach my studies from a different perspective. I found that vignettes of humanity helped me to retain knowledge.
I’ve never quite managed to make this a “niche blog”. As much as I meant to write about medicine, I cannot pretend that my realities are all separate. I am a doctor, but I am also a booknerd, a South African, a feminist, and a runner – among other things.
I vacillate between cold cynicism and ardent passion. I care deeply about human rights, reproductive choice, truth, history, equality. But I am also often overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness. (Is this too much?)
I’ve blogged less recently. I do try to keep up.
Note: I always change details about patient vignettes. Sometimes I even combine a couple of patients into one. I respect the need for privacy, but I also do believe that social media is invaluable in medical education.
I always welcome guests posts. Contact me if you have a story to tell.