Anguish and Absurdity in Medicine: More than 50 medical stories and as many insights by Douglas Halford
These are stories and commentaries from my life in medicine.
They are variously amusing, tragic and thought provoking.
In a Tale of two Physicians, one is disgraced; the other vindicated. A sweet elderly lady is convinced she is pregnant. A new drug for erectile dysfunction, TachyTurgo, has an extremely messy launch. The Senior Physician reconnects with his first love, and a terminal cancer patient escapes his overprotective carers and briefly touches nature. A Nobel laureate scientist locates the soul, while Dick mislays his penis. The government decides to compensate coal miners for lung damage, but the money goes to solicitors. John meets a scientist and discovers he is a fictional character from his childhood. Nurse Cheryl is persuaded to send Dr Jarvis a Valentine card, but it doesn’t go well. I try and fail to sell my daughter’s viruses, and I get help from a world famous athlete in managing a tragic situation. I battle to save a poisoned patient but I ruffle a few feathers.