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Dear Diary

by Barry Main
Prose in diary form - fictional account. based on observations of patients in an oncology clinic
Tags: written - prose - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - cancer (oral) - oncology - oncology and palliative care -

A Real Person Too

by Edward Toll
Poem from the perspective of a drug addict seeking understanding from the medical profession
Tags: written - poetry - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - addiction - psychiatry - psychiatry and ethics -

Daytime Television

by Caroline Clements
A poem from the carer's perspective - a stark domestic insight into the realities of supporting a loved one with acquired disability
Tags: written - poetry - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - general surgery - carer_perspective - paraplegia -

How Am I?

by Joanna Farnsworth
Prose inspired by a spirited and frustrated terminally-ill mother who has just given birth
Tags: written - prose - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - terminal cancer -

Waking

by Jonathan Mackenney
Prose about wife waking up next to frail and incapacitated husband
Tags: written - prose - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - general practice - comp2 -

Mark

by Katriona Thompson
Prose about a wheel-chair bound female patient being ignored by her doctor while a man-to- man chat ensues with 'Mark'.
Tags: written - prose - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - musculoskeletal - general practice - comp2 -

The Dancers

by Lucy Harten-Ash
Poem about doctor and patient in parallel dance - not connecting
Tags: written - poetry - does_it_have_to_be_like_this -

Valerie

by Nick Bigwood
Prose inspired by a profoundly disabled patient suggesting that her condition and temporary hospitalization rendered her potato-like, a passive recipient of multiple interventions
Tags: written - prose - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - spinal tumour - neurology - medicine and surgery -

Christmas Decorations

by Thomas Collicot
Poem about a sad elderly lady on a hospital ward not wanting to return to her isolated existence with xmas decorations to be dismantled alone.
Tags: written - prose - does_it_have_to_be_like_this - chest infection - respiratory - medicine and surgery -

The Man in the Corner

by Anonymous
Prose - an account of poignant consultation and the emotional impact upon the student observing
Tags: written - prose - heads_and_hearts -