Author Archives: Ben Kirkland

About Ben Kirkland

An apple a day... I am a young Doctor currently specialising in Internal Medicine and working full-time at a tertiary Hospital in Australia. In my day-to-day dealings with patients, I never ceased to be amazed at the extraordinary courage displayed by ordinary people in face of tremendous adversity and sometimes insurmountable health challenges. I am inspired to share some of these experiences - some are funny, some emotional, some heart-warming, some unjust... all true. I also hope to share with world my passion for medicine and perhaps even enlighten a few people on the organised chaos that is modern hospital medicine. Enjoy...

The road to hell can be paved with good intentions…

The practice of medicine gives you an unparalleled opportunity to look like a goose. Of course the opposite is also true: some days bring an impressive diagnosis or even a simple procedure that saves a patient’s life and enables you … Continue reading

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Medical liaisons Part 1 – Chopper Reid with a perm

I have never been particularly successful in attracting members of the opposite sex. There is some kind of sign on me – God knows I’ve tried to find it  – that firmly states “shoulder to cry on”, “safe friend” or … Continue reading

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Diabetes… plane and simple – Part 2

Be sure to read Part 1 first. Exhausted, and suffering severe heat stroke, I clambered on to the plane and after stuffing the three jumpers, two coats and majority of t-shirts into the overhead locker I collapsed into my seat, … Continue reading

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Diabetes… plane and simple – Part 1

As a medical student, and even into my first year as a doctor, I often pondered whether I made the correct decision in entering medical school and giving up six years of my life studying. Would it be worth it? … Continue reading

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The devil wears a hospital gown

Doctors are renowned as being terrible patients. That may be true, but if I might voice my own opinion, I would say that doctor’s mothers are no “day at the beach” either! I first formulated this opinion when I treated … Continue reading

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The beginning…

“They just don’t teach you how to deal with this kind of thing in Medical School” I mused, as my sweet 86 year old patient lying in the Emergency Department opened her legs and asked me to sleep with her. … Continue reading

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