Karen Hitchcock

Karen Hitchcock WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

53 ENTRIES 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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Society

High times

After lunch at my mum’s house the other day, my brother and I walked around the corner to visit an old school friend we hadn’t seen for years. Pete had moved back into his childhood home when his parents left for a retirement village. He answered …

blog

Fragments

An extract from ‘Dear Life: on caring for the elderly’

Illustration

Society

The dementia cure

Do we change our behaviour or wait for a medical breakthrough?

Illustration

article

Ironman and medical exams

How a gruelling physical challenge became a welcome relief

Medicine

The rural doctor problem

Practising medicine away from the big cities

Medicine

Do no harm

Sometimes a doctor can’t help but kill a patient

Health

Looking for trouble

Does medical screening do more harm than good?

General medicine

The pill problem

Are GPs prescribing too many antidepressants?

General medicine

Crazy pills

Our obsession with vitamins is getting out of hand

Health

Thinking again about palliative care

Dying with dignity means different things to different people

Medicine

Medicine and the mind-body problem

What is sickness, and how much of it is in our heads?

Pharmaceuticals

Big pharma

How doctors deal with drug companies

Health

The trouble with miracle cures

Can antibiotics really cure back pain?

Decision-making

The biggest decisions

Why doctors second-guess themselves

Medicine’s mission to Mars

Transplants, out-of-body organs and limits to treatment