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’s safety net
When social services are cut, hospitals are left to fill the holes
‘Fat City’ revisited
Obesity is a health issue, not an identity issue
Love, fear and hierarchy
What role does ego play in medicine?
Mind the gaps
The private health insurance racket
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 …
An extract from ‘Dear Life: on caring for the elderly’
The dementia cure
Do we change our behaviour or wait for a medical breakthrough?
Ironman and medical exams
How a gruelling physical challenge became a welcome relief
The rural doctor problem
Practising medicine away from the big cities
Do no harm
Sometimes a doctor can’t help but kill a patient
Looking for trouble
Does medical screening do more harm than good?
The pill problem
Are GPs prescribing too many antidepressants?
Our obsession with vitamins is getting out of hand
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