It Hurts, Doctor

25th July 2013, 8:15am. That was when the pain started. I remember it like it was just happening. Driving to work, as I had been doing for years in the sleepy town of Alexandra. Suddenly, there came a feeling of immense sadness, then the headache. The headache hasn’t left. The pain never stops. It reminded … More It Hurts, Doctor

How I feel about flu vaccinations: feeling justified

Flu Vaccine for All: A Critical Look at the Evidence Does the evidence support the call for universal influenza vaccination? Response from Eric A. Biondi, MD, MS Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York Response from C. Andrew Aligne, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director of The … More How I feel about flu vaccinations: feeling justified


Dear Diary I’m sick of the lies my body tells me. I’ve only recently found out that it lies a lot. The lying comes by way of synaesthesia. That’s when signals get mixed up and reported as a different sensation, and it seems to have pros and cons. It took a while to realise that … More Synaesthesia


Sometimes outcomes happen in the most serendipitous way. Poppy was a young border collie. Her owners, the Browns, were a young family in Auckland’s eastern suburbs. This was time when Auckland was still subdividing farmland into large properties, the so-called quarter acre sections. Poppy’s play area was the backyard with plenty of grass and room … More Poppy

Bouncing Ben

I like it when people ask me questions after consulting with their expert. In the 80s the experts were other people. These days it tends to be Google or some other search engine. My first clinic was situated between two major Auckland teaching hospitals, so the experts tended to know what they were talking about. … More Bouncing Ben