Origin of an Epidemic

I just published the article with the above name in the journal, Medical Literary Messenger, about my first awareness of the devastating AIDs epidemic that was reported in 1981 in The New York Times. I started seeing boys in our hematology clinic with Hemophilia becoming infected with HIV through the infusions of plasma we gave […]

A new review of “Journeys with 1000 Heroes

Here’s a very nice review from experienced book review writer and editor, Anne Boches… “Journeys with a Thousand Heroes:  A Child Oncologist’s Story, by John Graham-Pole, MD, MRCP-UK As a boy of twelve, John Graham-Pole lost his mother to cancer. That loss and his vow to defeat the disease informed his career and his personal […]

Letters to Self 17

Ravenswood, 47, Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset August 31st, 1954   Dear John, I just went for a run on the sands with Spike. It’s my favourite place to be, whether I’m practising my throwing arm with Spike or playing beach cricket with Traps. Or just trying to reach the sea, which I’ve never seen come […]

Letters to Self 16

Letters to Myself 16 216 Clydesdale Road Antigonish Nova Scotia B2G 2K9 March 29th, 2012   Dearest J-B, I’ve written a book about myself, and about you. Or us, if that’s the right word to describe one identical person—gosh, what a funny idea. See what Mummy thinks. And don’t tell me you’ve stopped calling her […]

“Journeys”

So why am I posting yet another picture of my memoir’s front cover?? Weeeell… in earlier posts the word “Oncologist” was mis-spelt Onocologist”… four proof readers (including me) missed it, then some eagle-eyed (as yet unidentified) soul picked it up, at which the publishers at Wising Up Press corrected the spelling  and did a whole […]

Memoir – The Casket Article

Richard MacKenzie just did a very nice article in The Casket (our local newspaper) about my new memoir (see link below)… As well as the reading from “1000 Heroes” that I’m doing at The People’s Place library on September 27 (630-830pm with goodies to eat and drink), I’ll be doing an earlier one at Rosemary […]

Letters to Myself 15

Ravenswood 47 Bristol Road Weston-super-Mare June 18th, 1953   Dear John, Thank you for your letter. I never know when I’m going to get another one from you, but it’s always a super surprise, especially the funny places they turn up in. This one was peeking out from under the doormat, and I’m glad I […]

Letters to Myself 14

216 Clydesdale Road Antigonish Nova Scotia 12/12/13   Dear Johnny Boy, High time I wrote again! I was just reading a book about yummy things to eat when you are a boy, and it got me remembering all sorts of things I used to love. And I often cook meals that Mummy used to make […]

Letters to Myself 14

216 Clydesdale Road Antigonish Nova Scotia 12/12/13 Dear Johnny Boy, High time I wrote again! I was just reading a book about yummy things to eat when you are a boy, and it got me remembering all sorts of things I used to love. And I often cook meals that Mummy used to make (I […]

My final exam – and my first child

       Another extract from my memoir – meeting my first child patient in my Finals  I’ve distinguished myself through four medical school years by never setting foot inside Barts Children’s Unit. At twenty-six years old, the very notion of sick children sends shivers through me, chilled a few more degrees by Sister Kenton’s […]