Karen Hitchcock is a doctor and writer. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Little White Slips, and the Quarterly Essay ‘Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly’.
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Preparations for the storm
How do doctors manage when there are more patients and fewer resources?
The student lottery
How do we decide who will make the best doctors?
Why do we do so little of something so good?
The gentlemen’s club
Having a baby and having a medical career
Doing the right thing
The ethical dilemmas of medicine
A fine line
The effectiveness of plastic surgery is a matter of perception
Public health and personal responsibility
When the doctor needs a doctor
Medical professionals can be hypochondriacs too
The right to die or the right to kill?
The argument against euthanasia
The art of the body
In the gallery, human remains are preserved, refashioned and elevated
A former smoker’s lament
Why do we smoke and why do we quit?
Too many pills
On lifestyle diseases and quick fixes
Society’s safety net
When social services are cut, hospitals are left to fill the holes
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