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Doc Guinevere

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I am a young, female doctor working in rural South Africa. I write my personal views on work in the.. hospital, life in South Africa and my experiences as a surgeon in training.

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  • Love my life!
    on Aug 21, 2014
  • on Oct 16, 2013
  • Parenting
    on Oct 15, 2013
    Kids are waging a reign of terror against their teachers and their parents. We have seen an alarming amount of cases in the news recently of kids who assault their teachers with the rest of the class chanting in support. I'm working in a pae...
  • Viva Madiba!
    on Jul 4, 2013
  • Viva Madiba!
    on Jul 4, 2013
    May the memory of his kindness continue bringing peace and reconciliation.
  • Damn the torpedoes!
    on Apr 20, 2013
    Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! - Admiral David J. FarragutFlies have infiltrated the squeaky clean fortress that is theater. You'd be in the middle of a laparotomy, when, in your peripheral vision, you'd notice their slow, calculated circling.
  • Advice to surgeons
    on Feb 22, 2013
    "Whenever you encounter massive bleeding, the first thing to remember is: it is not your blood!" - Raphael Adar...
  • L-O-V-E
    on Feb 14, 2013
  • Live!
    on Feb 9, 2013
    I learned today that a colleague had passed on. He was 36 years old. Gone. Just like that. Heaven's gain is definitely humanity's loss.The suddenness of his passing jolted me a bit. I shall aim to draw joy from the bounty of life more often; to live...
  • At World's End
    on Dec 23, 2012
    So, big surprise, the world didn't go up in a puff of smoke on 21 December. But with so much talk about the end of an era and the year drawing to a close, I too find myself mulling over events of the past twelve months. For me personally, 2012 f...
  • Pandora's Box
    on Nov 16, 2012
    A doctor is often seen as a universal helper, a professional, caring outsider with the means to solve a magnitude of problems. Patients share their troubles with us and hope that we'd be able to fix them, whether medical by nature or not. Sometim...
  • Heart of a Lion
    on Nov 11, 2012
    > >> "A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart and a lady's hand."- English proverb. >>>>>...
  • Responsibility
    on Oct 31, 2012
    Should we not expect our patients to take some personal responsibility for their health? Along with apartheid paternalistic medicine was swept out the door in 1994. Treatment cannot be forced upon a patient who doesn't wish to take part. Our cons...
  • on Oct 31, 2012
    "A good surgeon has an eagle's eye, a lion's heart and a lady's hand."- English proverb.Photo by Ken of MD...
  • Heart of a Lion
    on Oct 31, 2012
    The greens are draped, the spotlight glares down on the taught, shiny skin of your patient's distended abdomen. The sister hands you the scalpel. You are about to dive into a potential disaster. This patient sustained numerous stab wounds and prese...
  • on Jun 7, 2012
  • Putting on the green
    on Jun 7, 2012
    My current neck of the woods is somewhat well known for its spectacular golf courses. Acres of manicured green lawns attract some of the great names in the golfing world. With that, of course, comes the inevitable golf estate lifestyle. White gable...
  • A doctor's very best friend
    on May 1, 2012
  • Stilettos
    on Apr 14, 2012
    Only a woman would wear a pair of stilettos that will inevitably leave her feet two painful blistered wrecks, simply because they are pretty and feminine and make her legs look svelte. (For that reason and of course for the wonderful foot massage her...
  • Words
    on Apr 8, 2012
    A few of my favourite things... So much meaning lies in a single word. As you read these lovely words allow them to carry you away to a treasured memory or a sweet dream.Felicity ~ pleasantness          &n...