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A marvellous excerpt by Rose Tremain - is it from Restoration?, covers a surgeon's removal of a cancerous growth. In those days it was a massive gamble with life - the subject is only partly anaesthetised, though she is out for a good part of the operation. It was done in her own home - an unnerving thought, but the prognosis is hopeful. There is also a beautiful story from Alice Munro - so calmly understated and slight, yet full of portent and understanding.
Brad Feuerhelm's 'found' collection of photographs is endlessly fascinating, showing marked bodies, x-rays, a shrunken head, elastic-limbed girls, a small boy with hair on his face and forehead, and skeletons posed around a man in bed. This is followed by Terence Holt's The Perfect Code which tells of an emergency response team and a patient called John Mongay who is brought in with a broken neck, Holt has a vague memory from medical school aligned to the first and second breaks in his vertebrae, the term `hangman's fracture' comes to mind. What's more there is an ectopy - a displaced heart-beat. The patient was given something called a halo, which supported his broken neck and he was later able to describe tripping up on the pavement and falling.Read more ›
In non-fiction M. J. Hyland writes about her diagnosis and gradual acceptance of MS, a disease she kept hidden from her friends and colleagues for quite some time. Bosnian author Semezdin Mehmedinovic describes his heart attack, and, from the other side, doctor Terrence Holt contributes an essay about 'the perfect code'. This piece has all the excitement of an episode of ER and contains some poignant reflections on modern life-saving medicine. Ike Anya offers a snapshot of life in an impoverished clinic in Northern Nigeria, whilst Linda H. Davis movingly and lovingly describes life with her autistic son, and her fears for the future following her own cancer diagnosis.
In fiction I particularly enjoyed Susan Rivecca's 'Philanthropy', a story about a women's clinic that grabs you with its power and honesty, 'Night' by Alice Munro, and an extract from Rose Tremain's Merivel: A Man of His Time which describes a seventeenth-century operation for breast cancer. Chris Adrian, a doctor himself, gives us a story in the form of a medical lecturer's monologue, which is both blackly funny and increasingly disturbing.Read more ›
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