Book Review: The Backwash of War

In 1915, Ellen N. La Motte arrived in Europe as one of the first American volunteer nurses to work in the field hospitals of World War 1. She was specialised as a Tuberculosis nurse, a keen observer and a writer unafraid of judgment. And she wrote. The Backwash of War: The Classic Account of aContinue reading “Book Review: The Backwash of War”

Top Ten Books: Historical Fiction

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we share our ten favourite books in X-genre. I’m choosing historical fiction because a) I like it and b) there seems to be an assumption that historical fiction HAS TO BE historical romance. P.S. CHOOSING ONLY TEN WAS REALLY HARD – and it ended up being more a listContinue reading “Top Ten Books: Historical Fiction”

Book Review: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace

I bought this book while in Vietnam with Semester at Sea. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Đặng Thùy Trâm is the wartime diary of a young Vietnamese doctor during the Vietnam War (or the American War for them)  – 25, barely graduated, a female doctor in the 1960s. Thuy was an incredible young woman. SheContinue reading “Book Review: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace”

Positive Hospital: Public is not the Devil

During my second year, I almost lost my thumb due to an unfortunate oatmeal incident (yes, really). Because I have medical aid, my friends rushed me to the nearest private hospital, a fifteen minute drive. Upon arrival, the hospital would not accept my completely legit medical aid number: they insisted on having the card. WhichContinue reading “Positive Hospital: Public is not the Devil”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

I took this picture at Elmina Castle in Cape Coast, Ghana, during my visit there with Semester at Sea in April this year. We learned about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in high school history class, and it was incredibly educational to visit this castle in the flesh. It was harrowing too. What a dark timeContinue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape”

Book Review: Defining Moments by Dr Marius Barnard

I was ten years old when I learned my first bit of medical history: the first heart transplant, which was performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard. We were not told that his little brother played a role in this world-changing surgery as well. A year later, Dr C. Barnard died unexpectedly. I wasContinue reading “Book Review: Defining Moments by Dr Marius Barnard”

Top Ten Books Not To Be Forgotten

For this week’s TTT, The Broke and the Bookish asks for the Top Ten “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About (you can define older however you wish. The point is to share books that could be forgotten about in the midst of all the new releases). This one makes me happy, because I am notContinue reading “Top Ten Books Not To Be Forgotten”

Dahl’s Contribution to Medicine

My fascination with author Roald Dahl is well-documented throughout this blog. One of my friends on campus, who shares my love of reading and history (and is a fan of QI) recently increased my esteem for Dahl even more. You may remember that on Roald Dahl Day I posted about the author’s interest in theContinue reading “Dahl’s Contribution to Medicine”

Women in Medicine: Maria Montessori

The Google -doodle (I love that thing) informs me that today is would have been Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday. I have visited some Montessori schools in South Africa, but I’m not well acquainted with the life of Ms Montessori. Lo and behold, it turns out that Montessori was first and foremost a medical doctor, andContinue reading “Women in Medicine: Maria Montessori”