dimanche 9 novembre 2008


You learn about how the body works? You learn about how to ‘save lives’? And on the weekends you have a social life? 

But the reality is that we’re all actually extremely complicated, even putting physiology and biochemistry aside momentarily, at any touch-and-go moment life and death and emotion can wage war on each other. However its not the fragility of life, nor the importance of doctors I wish to discuss - rather the insights that life within the world of medicine provides.

The commonest question that any medical student has probably been asked, is 'why did you decide to study medicine?' Its likely that someone out there has a really good and noble answer to this question but at the end of the day, when the coat and gloves come off, is it really what you signed up for? 

Of course it is!  Well maybe not everything - but as in life there are moments of love and hate, and the same can be said here. There are times when I really wish I had studied a business degree - like right now: 4 days until end of year exams with procrastination and stress levels at their highest! But there are also times when medicine can be the greatest experience in my life so far: with life being something worth doing, assisting in the delivery of life into this world is truly incredible! Birth is an extremely messy affair, but being the first person to make contact with such a fragile and delicate form of humanity (although really ugly, to which I'm sure the mother would disagree, but we're entitled to our opinion - cuteness arrives a few days later) is something I wouldn't trade. This year has truly been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows - but life is a struggle from birth to death. 

So on a lighter topic, I just finished my psychiatry block which put some perspective on craziness - honestly though delusions and hallucinations are some pretty freaky stuff, especially when they involve things like people implanting cellphones in your head so that you can be tracked or hearing voices commanding you to dismember someone! I couldn't help but start feeling a little crazy after spending so much time with those suffering from episodes of acute psychoses - or begin to wonder why all the psychiatrists I've met so far are a little strange (I think the saying: "When in Rome..." comes to mind) but ultimately it led me to take a moment and introspect - the human psyche: an area of the mind that philosophers and psychologists have sought to explain but I feel is a little outside our grasp of understanding for the moment. Needless to say my moment of introspection led me to start looking at my life, culminating in a finger-to-keyboard effect...i.e. this blog.

(Image - Eagle Nebula M16: Star Birth Clouds, NASA)

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