Le Document Pour MB.ChB.III

The inspiration for this document came during my second year while studying for an end-of-block test. At the same time, the then-first years were studying for Pathology, aided by “Le Document”. Somewhere in this time period I looked at a fellow second year, threw my hands in the air rather dramatically and exclaimed, “I wishContinue reading “Le Document Pour MB.ChB.III”

Medicine’s Contribution to Language

I love language and writing. And I must clearly love medicine (although that one took a little longer, much like Beethoven and his piano). Did you know that the concept of gossiping actually originates in medicine? Giving birth was considered a social event – ladies only, of course. A pregnant woman would invite some ofContinue reading “Medicine’s Contribution to Language”

Things you need in hospital

During my internal rotation I learned something devastating: the wondrous white coat is simply not big enough. During the four weeks I did not button my coat up once – and I don’t think it has anything to do with the few extra pounds I have gained this year.

A Point for the Cold of Heart

I admit that much of my decision to study medicine – and not to drop out – hinges on the humanitarian aspect of this field. As a high school student, I wanted to study everything and to be quite honest I think I would have done quite well at most of it. So the decisionContinue reading “A Point for the Cold of Heart”

The Aftermath of Clinicals

For four weeks, my friends and I woke up at unearthly hours and worked, scutmonkeys, throughout the day – and often the nights. In obstetrics we had 24-hour-calls. We learnt soon just how unglamorous birth could be. We dealt with patients who came in drunk or hungover, patients who expected their baby to simply popContinue reading “The Aftermath of Clinicals”

Delivering the Children of Positive Patients

In medicine, every single patient potentially has HIV.  You can run tests, but the chance remains that your patient could be in the window period. So you don’t know. And your patient may tell you that she doesn’t sleep around, has a faithful partner (who has also been tested), has never been raped and never,Continue reading “Delivering the Children of Positive Patients”

Delivering the Children of Children

They arrive in jeans and flowery T-shirts, or Disney pyjamas. Some hold their shoulders up straight, their body language aggressive or protective at the least. Their gaze defiant. “This is me, this is my body. You do not get to judge me.” Others make themselves small – and become more so because they already AREContinue reading “Delivering the Children of Children”

Why super-specialists should have compulsory clinic duty

We were on call again last night. The CHC was going through a quiet patch (the last delivery had been just past 01:00) and my friends and I were sitting in the students’ room eating cookies, scaring ourselves by looking at all the additives and making silly jokes that are only really funny when youContinue reading “Why super-specialists should have compulsory clinic duty”

My First Delivery

My clinical firm and I were on obstetrics call yesterday. We arrived at a Community Health Clinic (CHC) at 19:00. We had been at the clinic for the day shift, but were sent home since the B.Cur (Nursing) students have preference during the day. The night shift nurses were very nice. A 20 year oldContinue reading “My First Delivery”

Of oranges and IV-lines

The medical sciences are obsessed with hierarchies. Fresh-out-of-school doctors perform rectal exams and enemas till it pours, well, out of every orifice (if you’ll excuse the crude pun). Nurses where epaulettes which all are supposed magically to understand, and don’t you DARE call a medical professor a “doctor”. There are some things that distinguish aContinue reading “Of oranges and IV-lines”