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Chewing the fat

  • To bee or not to bee

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    Photocopiers used to be the bee’s knees in technology once. In 1980 our practice bought a new one, for the then princely sum of $600.

  • Silly stuff

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    This particular column is I think entirely plagiarised so I will start by acknowledging those whose work has been used.

  • A poke in the eye

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    Our remote regional hospital always got at least one drunk and unco-operative patient on Friday night in ED. This one had been in a brawl and had been punched in the eye, knocked down and was ‘out’…

  • Without a scent

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    When I was a resident we had a colleague in our teaching hospital, also a resident, who was more than usually popular. It was touching how often interns, residents, registrars and indeed consultants…

  • The perfect storm

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    We were in an old Ford ambulance, borrowed from the neighbouring town. My patient was BIG. Somehow I had managed to intubate this guy in our little hospital, despite his bull neck, receding chin and…

  • Pearls of wisdom

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    This week I am making a nomination for the most inane guideline ever produced. The authorship of this guideline is the glorious NSW health department.

  • Knowing what counts

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    The very poorest people in the district were the share-croppers. Rather than owning their own farms, they would either take piece-work, or they would be allotted a parcel of land to farm in return…

  • Aboriginal health

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    This is, I hope, a lovely politically incorrect column, but after 32 years working in a rural community with a significant Indigenous population, I wonder about the benefit of having a special health…

  • Doomed youth

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    The Saturday after the District Rugby grand final, and John is to marry Sally. Later the same Saturday evening, the team (minus John, their star fullback) is to celebrate winning the flag.

  • Three memorable events

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    My column today was inspired by Retractor, in my opinion the best medical columnist around and still writing on the back page of Australian Doctor every month.

  • Butchery

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    He certainly didn’t look crook or injured. Instead, in the back of his ute was a band saw, some large, sinister-looking knives, a sheaf of plastic bags and, under a tarp, half a recently slaughtered…

  • Going paperless

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    The paperless office: the greatest con of the 20th century? Or how dealing with NSW Health can turn you into a grumpy old doctor.

  • Yes, mental health care has improved

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    I once had a schizophrenic patient, Paul, a gifted artist of 40, who lived at his mother’s house. He was never very well, but at his best he had an impish sense of humour and a nostalgic, if…

  • The weight of the world

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    Like most rural doctors, I’ve seen some bizarre injuries. When we were warned of this man’s imminent arrival as a ‘train accident’ case, I imagined some horrible amputations, at least.

  • Not-so-merry Christmas

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    Accidents are common enough on Christmas Eve. This young fool had got a skinful and pranged his motorbike just outside town.

  • Why I love my boss

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    I have written previously about the many and varied benefits of being a rural procedural GP. Just this week, I have had reinforced the benefits of not being a salaried employee.

  • Schadenfreude

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    My fellow interns and I (about 100 years ago) were a close-knit group. They were a good mob, bar one – too clever by half, competitive, unco-operative and sycophantic.

 
 

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