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Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away

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Inhuman hours, overflowing emergency rooms, poor resources and little support – this is the daily reality of most doctors and nurses in South African public hospitals. “This is my story and the stories of other doctors who chose to walk away,” she writes. “Ours is a private anguish filled with the niggling suspicion that we should have been stronger, more committed, more a ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2014 by NB Publishers
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Rhona Crawford
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book because my daughter wants to study medicine - hardly the type of optimism you'd expect from a parent.

The author did, however, provide a balanced and honest view of the profession. I learnt a lot while reading it, and will hopefully be able to give sound advice in the years to come.

I suppose it's just as important to ask yourself why do you want to become a doctor as why you want to be a teacher or vet. I still remember the answer, "If you become a teacher or vet becaus
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Marion Roux
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good - insightful, damning to South African Health services and the expectations of, and demands on, our doctors
Carol Nader
a good read

Lots of courage to go through this introspective look at SA medical system and her own personal failings as a Doctor within this system. Would like to read more of her books in the future. She writes well and honestly. Hopefully the "powers that be" in the healthcare system will take heed.
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Charmaine Elliott
To be politically correct I will let my stars speak. Disappointed to discover as with so many South African writings that thoughts dumped randomly into sentences, paragraphs and chapters make it into books and onto lists of award nominations. Where are the editors? Where are the demands for rewrites and integrated coordinated themes?
Katherine Graham
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lucidly written, Maria uncovers her personal story of why she walked away from the medical profession and why so many young doctors like her are under immense pressure in South Africa's overburdened public healthcare sector. ...more
Fezile
Jun 15, 2014 added it
Such an intimately written piece of work. Maria exposes herself so much that you're left searching yourself for answers to why you have chosen the career you're in. It's so genuine, so emotional and absolutely beautiful and pure in heart. ...more
Lwazi Mchunu
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved Maria Phalime's account of her medical sting career. I loved how she told her story of the state of South Africa's failing health care system. She told her own truth. ...more
Lungisa
It's sad to read about the realities faced by doctors in government hospitals, really sad. ...more
Megz
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Incredible. Review to follow soon!
Melissa Volker
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of the tragedy that is the public healthcare system in South Africa and those doctors and patients that suffer within.
Shivani
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A personal and moving view of South Africa's broken health system. ...more
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Maria Phalime is one of South Africa’s newest award-winning authors. Born and raised in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, Maria moved to Cape Town in 1991 to pursue her studies at the University of Cape Town, from where she graduated with degrees in Science and Medicine. She practiced for a brief period as a general practitioner in South Africa and the United Kingdom, before leaving medical pra
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