Frost’s poem, “Out, Out”, powerfully evokes this senseless madness that we see daily in the ED and in the ICU
The Ballad of Eric’s Prostate starts with an unusual finding hidden inside a patient’s jocks…
The ‘Little Willy‘ is a genre of short poems with an obscure origin but almost certainly inspired by, or inspired, the ‘Ruthless Rhymes‘ of ‘Harry’ Graham.
Glenn Colquhoun writes poetry on some of the days he doesn’t want to be a doctor. His book ‘‘Playing God’’ is well worth reading and includes ‘When I Am In Doubt – A Poem for Surgeons’
One for all the ED Nurses out there: The triage game is really toughYou tell us your story and woeful stuffWe listen an take in your ridiculous guffYoull get category 5 which is really rough.There’s a chest pain inside whose ahead of you,The triage nurse gave him category two,Then at category three, with blood in […]
Tim Minchin’s brilliant beat-poem “Storm” strikes a dagger in the heart of pseudo-medical flim-flammery and quackadelic mind muddling. You’ll be glad to hear that there is a new animated version… Dr Chris NicksonChris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also the Innovation Lead for the Australian Centre for Health […]
I traveled across Australia last week by air from Perth in Western Australia to Cairns in the far north of Queensland. The 3500km trip involved a brief stop in Uluru (Ayers Rock). As I looked out of the window throughout the journey I saw the changing landscape and was amazed by the beauty and the […]
Ever started a night shift in the emergency department and felt like you were a hapless conscript at Agincourt on St. Crispin’s day, about to be run down by an army of charging knights?
William Ernest Henley’s life as a child and young man was ravaged by the disease John Bunyan called the ‘captain of all these men of Death’
‘Today I do not want to be a doctor’ is a poem by my favorite South Auckland-born medical poet, Glenn Colquhoun. Published in ‘Playing God: Poems About Medicine’