Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-56f9d74cfd-w6k7h Total loading time: 0.258 Render date: 2022-06-28T00:41:03.907Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "useRatesEcommerce": false, "useNewApi": true }

These are the Stories Doctors Tell

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Rights & Permissions[Opens in a new window]

Abstract

Type
Papers
Copyright
Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2015 

These are the stories doctors tell:

The Christmas gift, the troubled gaze,

The cognitive decline of age,

The family rift, the loss of sight,

The ones who lived, and those who might,

The dying and the worried well;

These are the stories doctors tell.

And these are the patients doctors know:

The tired and anxious, the slow, the lame

The ones that never go away,

The bright, the angry malcontent,

The addict and the one that’s sent,

The garrulous, and those brought low;

These are the patients doctors know.

And these are the moments doctors fear:

The unexplained, the shadowed lung,

The relative who asks: ”How long?”

The purple rash, traumatic birth,

The contemplation of our worth:

Examinations that draw near.

These are the moments doctors fear.

And these are the journeys doctors make:

The drone of dusty lecture halls,

The teaching round, the nights on-call;

Uncertainties and things un-said,

The visit to the hospice bed.

That one mistake. That touch of grace.

These are the journeys doctors make.

Jonathan Knight works as a general practitioner in Ipswich and co-organises an annual reflective writing workshop for GPs. The poem was selected by Femi Oyebode.

Published in The Hippocrates Prize Anthology (Commended Poem, NHS category), Hippocrates Press, 2012. © Jonathan Knight. Reprinted with permission.

Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.
You have Access

Save article to Kindle

To save this article to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

These are the Stories Doctors Tell
Available formats
×

Save article to Dropbox

To save this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Dropbox account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

These are the Stories Doctors Tell
Available formats
×

Save article to Google Drive

To save this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

These are the Stories Doctors Tell
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response

Please enter your response.

Your details

Please enter a valid email address.

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *