Intransigent

It is certainly a difficult time to be a doctor in Ontario. It is two years since we’ve had a contract with the government. The population of the province continues to grow and age. The stress of living in a province with a burgeoning deficit and the additional burden this places on citizens does take…

A book that rethinks cancer

Book: Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths by Alanna Mitchell (Toronto: ECW Press, 2015) Cancer is one of the mythological illnesses and in this spare, riveting book Alanna Mitchell confronts the myths that surround cancer diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer as few writers have done. To do this she uses the premise provided by Susan…

Ottawa Citizen Letter

I find that I have written a surprising amount about Physician Assisted Death for someone who does not expect to be on the front lines of this new measure. I hope that the medical community can lead the debate, asking patients to consider how they want this new medical treatment to work. All the people with…

2 Hospital Days

In the two weeks since I last communicated with you, I have had an unwanted but unique insight into one patient’s experience of the health care system. The patient was my husband. On December 28, he was admitted to the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital, his respiratory infection having developed into lobar pneumonia. I…

A Regular Person

On Wednesday afternoons I am the psychiatrist for a clinic for young people suffering from psychotic illnesses. These young people have serious and chronic conditions. They have a long road of recovery ahead of them, but they are moving forward. It is inspiring to see their efforts and to be an influence in their progress.…