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’.
By this author
Medicine and the mind-body problem
What is sickness, and how much of it is in our heads?
The trouble with miracle cures
Can antibiotics really cure back pain?
How doctors deal with drug companies
The biggest decisions
Why doctors second-guess themselves
Medicine’s mission to Mars
Transplants, out-of-body organs and limits to treatment
Health care, American style
Motivational slogans and pricey lungs in a US hospital
A visit to the nursing home
How we look after the elderly
You can learn the science of medicine, but what about the human aspects?
In the body and in the mind
How do you provide medical treatment for a non-medical problem?
Fat City: What can stop obesity?
In the late 1980s I spent a year in the US as an exchange student. The exchange organisation allocated me a local support person named Emily. Emily was white and loud and the fattest person I had ever seen outside a caravan park. She looked different …
How the rebirth of general medicine will save lives
A Case of Rust
The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
‘The Weight of a Human Heart’ by Ryan O’Neill
The 21 stories in Ryan O’Neill’s new collection are tied together by a preoccupation with language. There are books, magazines, word games, phonetics, grammar lessons, miscommunications, translations on every page. The world exists insofar as it exists …
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