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my journey through surgery in the south african province of mpumalanga

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  • thumbs upit was a battle. looking back i don't think we ever had a chance, but you don't just give up on a young man in the prime of his life. we had to try. he was my patient. he was a foreigner, on a gap year in africa where he was going to learn all sor...
  • thumbs upit was a battle. looking back i don't think we ever had a chance, but you don't just give up on a young man in the prime of his life. we had to try. he was my patient. he was a foreigner, on a gap year in africa where he was going to learn all sor...
  • awkwardrecently i attended the association of south african surgeons congress. it's always strange and maybe fun for me to interact with surgeons. they are extremely interesting to me. i feel that i'm a bit of an outsider in the sense that i don't view myse...
  • awkwardrecently i attended the association of south african surgeons congress. it's always strange and maybe fun for me to interact with surgeons. they are extremely interesting to me. i feel that i'm a bit of an outsider in the sense that i don't view myse...
  • the theater cap"bongi, i have a patient who came in last night with appendicitis. can you operate him for me?" my colleague was known to load shed and mostly i didn't really mind. that day, however, i just didn't feel like any extra work, so it took a bit of effor...
  • the theater cap"bongi, i have a patient who came in last night with appendicitis. can you operate him for me?" my colleague was known to load shed and mostly i didn't really mind. that day, however, i just didn't feel like any extra work, so it took a bit of effor...
  • contested
    on Feb 6, 2013 in fiction
    this post will be different to any previous post on this blog. it is a complete work of fiction although it is based on a telephone conversation that did take place. all the rest is a figment of my imagination. a while ago, a friend told me about a...
  • contested
    on Feb 6, 2013 in fiction
    this post will be different to any previous post on this blog. it is a complete work of fiction although it is based on a telephone conversation that did take place. all the rest is a figment of my imagination. a while ago, a friend told me about a...
  • accolades
    on Jan 31, 2013 in awards accolades
    i was truly amazed and privileged to read an article written about none other than me in the forbes website. it was a major lift-me-up and in many respects i feel i don't deserve it, yet i'm not complaining. what i particularly liked is the...
  • accolades
    on Jan 31, 2013 in awards accolades
    i was truly amazed and privileged to read an article written about none other than me in the forbes website. it was a major lift-me-up and in many respects i feel i don't deserve it, yet i'm not complaining. what i particularly liked is the...
  • trust
    on Jan 18, 2013 in minor surgery funny story
    as i have mentioned before, all surgeons think they are the best. of course when we ourselves need surgery, there is a bit of a dilemma deciding who is the best qualified to carry out the procedure. so when i realized there was a strange looking skin...
  • trust
    on Jan 18, 2013 in minor surgery funny story
    as i have mentioned before, all surgeons think they are the best. of course when we ourselves need surgery, there is a bit of a dilemma deciding who is the best qualified to carry out the procedure. so when i realized there was a strange looking skin...
  • bongi reads
    on Oct 1, 2012
    recently i was asked to do a reading of my blog for a sort of art evening for some of the doctors at our hospital. i read only four posts. i have decided to post the first one i read here.
  • bongi reads
    on Oct 1, 2012
    recently i was asked to do a reading of my blog for a sort of art evening for some of the doctors at our hospital. i read only four posts. i have decided to post the first one i read here.
  • doctor's visitdoctors don't like to go to doctors. i suppose we might see it as a failure or more likely it is pure intellectual arrogance. whatever the reason, there can be no excuses when you need to get an insurance examination form filled out. one way of takin...
  • doctor's visitdoctors don't like to go to doctors. i suppose we might see it as a failure or more likely it is pure intellectual arrogance. whatever the reason, there can be no excuses when you need to get an insurance examination form filled out. one way of takin...
  • rambosouth africa is such an interesting place. things happen here that surely can't happen anywhere else in the world. take illegal mining in barberton for example. barberton has some of the oldest deep gold mines in the country, maybe even the world. t...
  • rambosouth africa is such an interesting place. things happen here that surely can't happen anywhere else in the world. take illegal mining in barberton for example. barberton has some of the oldest deep gold mines in the country, maybe even the world. t...
  • behind closed doors
    on Jun 14, 2012
    most non medical people have little idea what a general surgeon does on a day to day basis (unless, of course, they read this blog). few can imagine us elbow deep in blood and guts in an eternal battle against the angel of death. this is partly due t...
  • behind closed doors
    on Jun 14, 2012
    most non medical people have little idea what a general surgeon does on a day to day basis (unless, of course, they read this blog). few can imagine us elbow deep in blood and guts in an eternal battle against the angel of death. this is partly due t...
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