The Curious Adventures of a Doctor from Jaffna

From Old World Charm to Majulah Singapura

Author: K. Puvanendran,S. R. Nathan

Publisher: Editions Didier Millet

ISBN: 9814385670

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 311

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From a childhood spent playing marbles and climbing trees in Ceylon to a medical career in bustling Singapore, Dr K. Puvanendran’s experiences have been rich and varied. A leading neurologist, he counts kings and presidents among his former patients. This charmingly written autobiography traces the trajectory of his life against the changing landscapes of two vastly different countries. As a boy in Jaffna, Dr Puvanendran found imaginative ways to fill his time. He recounts with great relish the carefree pranks, adventures and school experiences. Woven into the evocation of these simple pleasures are also sobering glimpses of the darker periods in Ceylon’s history. After attending medical college in Colombo, Dr Puvanendran stayed in Ceylon to work before accepting a position at Outram Road General Hospital, now Singapore General Hospital, in 1971. As the narrative unfolds, we read about the roots of his interest in neurology, the highs and lows of his career, the doctors who inspired him and the most memorable medical cases from his fifty years of practice. Some of these intriguing cases include sleep-related crimes, for which he has testified in court as a local pioneer in sleep medicine. Dr Puvanendran’s story takes us through the old world of Ceylon and into the heady post-independence days of Majulah Singapura (“Onward Singapore”, as the national anthem proclaims), offering along the way a successful doctor’s take on the study and practice of medicine.

Adventures of a Black Bag

Author: A. J. Cronin

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447252780

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

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The famous Dr Finlay stories Adventures of a Black Bag represents a selection of A J Cronin’s best stories – stories which are tragic, funny and wry, each revolving around two doctors whose tremendously popular TV and radio series have made them household names: Dr Cameron and Dr Finlay. These stories have that universal appeal which has become A J Cronin’s trademark, established by bestsellers such as Hatter’s Castle, The Stars Look Down and The Citadel.

Adventures in Human Being

Author: Gavin Francis

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782831045

Category: Science

Page: 317

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Sunday Times bestseller We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot. Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human. Both a user's guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health. Published in association with the Wellcome Collection. WELLCOME COLLECTION Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, funding over 14,000 researchers and projects in more than 70 countries. wellcomecollection.org

Adventures in Two Worlds

Author: A. J. Cronin

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447252802

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

View: 1956

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Adventures in Two Worlds – an autobiographical novel by A J Cronin, creator of television’s Dr Finlay and author of The Citadel and many other bestsellers. A master storyteller, A J Cronin presents possibly his most fascinating tale. Taking material directly from his own life, he tells of the early struggles of a poor medical student in Scotland, the cruel crushing of all hopes of becoming a surgeon, the years as a ship’s doctor and, later, life in the country practice that was the real Tannochbrae. There are many strange twists and turns – not the least of them the dramatic move from the world of medicine into that of literature when a novel ‘written despairingly on twopenny exercise books, thrown out and rescued from the rubbish heap’ was accepted by a publisher. And with Hatter’s Castle a new career was born.

Call the Vet

Farmers, Dramas and Disasters – My First Year as a Country Vet

Author: Anna Birch

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753549972

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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When fresh-faced, newly qualified vet Anna arrives in the seemingly sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, little does she know that this tiny rural community is about to change her life ... Straight in at the deep end, Anna faces two tricky calvings, an emergency call-out to a frightened mare, lots of mad cats (and mad cat women) and one enormous dog with an injured leg and a threatening bark. Spirited and determined, Anna quickly finds her feet and falls in love with rural life, including Ebbourne’s eccentric characters and their animals. Disasters, dramas, farmers and friendship – and not to mention a whirlwind romance with a local Wildlife Trust worker – this warm and witty memoir offers a window into what working with animals and country life is really all about.

A history of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford, 1937-1987

Author: Jennifer Beinart,M. K. Sykes

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192616487

Category: Medical

Page: 214

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Anesthesia, a crucial component of modern medicine, has changed enormously during the twentieth century. This engaging study of an important and influential department explores key themes in the field. Beinart uses a narrative framework to recall how the struggles of the early years and the demands of wartime contingencies strengthened the links between research, training, and clinical services; the pressures to demote the department in spite of its record of excellence; and how it survived to contribute to important sub-specialties of anesthesia and to engage in qualitatively new research. A combination of documentary and oral sources informs this original account, including a final chapter by the present Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, M.K. Sykes, and a foreword by the first Professor, Sir Robert Macintosh.

Applying Performance

Live Art, Socially Engaged Theatre and Affective Practice

Author: N. Shaughnessy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137033649

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 7599

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This book draws upon cognitive and affect theory to examine applications of contemporary performance practices in educational, social and community contexts. The writing is situated in the spaces between making and performance, exploring the processes of creating work defined variously as collaborative, participatory and socially engaged.

Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television

Author: Linda S. Hubbard,Sara Steen,Owen O'Donnell

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780810320703

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

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Biographical reference providing information on individuals active in the theatre, film, and television industries. Covers not only performers, directors, writers, and producers, but also behind-the-scenes specialists such as designers, managers, choreographers, technicians, composers, executives, dancers, and critics from the United States and Great Britain.

Theatre Arts

Author: Sheldon Cheney,Edith Juliet Rich Isaacs

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Theater

Page: N.A

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Performing Exile, Performing Self

Drama, Theatre, Film

Author: Y. Meerzon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230371914

Category: Music

Page: 350

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This book examines the life and art of those contemporary artists who by force or by choice find themselves on other shores. It argues that the exilic challenge enables the émigré artist to (re)establish new artistic devices, new laws and a new language of communication in both his everyday life and his artistic work.

Fracture

Adventures of a broken body

Author: Oakley, Ann

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447300637

Category: Medical

Page: 192

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The starting point of Ann Oakley's fascinating book is the fracture of her right arm in the grounds of a hotel in the USA. What begins as an accident becomes a journey into some critical themes of modern Western culture: the crisis of embodiment and the perfect self; the confusion between body and identity; the commodification of bodies and body parts; the intrusive surveillance and profiteering of medicine and the law; the problem of ageing; and the identification of women, particularly, with bodies - from the intensely ambiguous two-in-one state of pregnancy to women's later transformation into unproductive, brittle skeletons. Fracture mixes personal experience (the author's and other people's) with 'facts' derived from other literatures, including the history of medicine, neurology, the sociology of health and illness, philosophy, and legal discourses on the right to life and people as victims of a greedy litigation system. The book's genre spans fiction/non-fiction, autobiography and social theory.

Captive Surgeon

Adventures and Misadventures of a Doctor in Red China

Author: Ernest M. Lippa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: China

Page: 280

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Miracle on Kaimotu Island

Author: Marion Lennox

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460317491

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 4719

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A man to heal her… He wanted to marry her once, but right now Ben McMahon needs another doctor—and recently returned Ginny Koestrel is the only one around. Life, however, has kicked the lovely Ginny and taken away her confidence as a doctor. The only thing she clings to is her adorable stepdaughter, Button. Ben wants to help Ginny rebuild her life, but he might fall for her all over again. Will it take an earthquake to bring them back together?