First Physical

Here’s a story from my second medical memoir about the importance for doctors to learn from nurses. The book – Healing by Intent –  will be released by HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca) in 2021 First Physical Her arm dances a pronating ballet, radial hump and hard straight metacarpal ribs familiar as pictures in Cunningham’s […]

Hallo, Hallo

I was talking to our friend, Cathy Lin, who works her magic to lift our HARP manuscripts (www.harppublishing.ca) off our computers and ready them for the printers. It put me in mind of the most exotic trip I ever made. I was among a group of physicians and psychologists who visited our Chinese counterparts in […]

Allies

This is my third posting from my second medical memoir, Healing by Intent, to be published soon by HARP (www.harppublishing.ca). I especially like this story for the wonderful interweaving that Anne, our trainee pediatric oncologist, showed between her medical expertise and her deep humanity towards her patient, Shelley (name changed). And two months ago, perhaps […]

Healing by Intent – Prologue

I’ve just finished my second medical memoir, which I’m calling it Healing by Intent. So I’m posting a few extracts here on my website and on my Facebook site.  The last one I posted three weeks ago – Professional Grief –  was about the tough issue all we caregivers face, that of dealing with our […]

HARP: Our new publishing house

HARP Home HARP Publishing,  The People’s Press is a multi-media publisher focusing on the healing arts and the arts for health equity. Dorothy and I are co-publishers, and we are focusing on a popular readership of caregivers and care receivers, in both electronic and print media. About Our Logo The acronym, HARP, stands for Healing Arts, Reconciling People. […]

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 […]

“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 10

Letters to Myself 10   216 Clydesdale Road Antigonish, Nova Scotia May 7th, 2016   Dear Johnny-Boy Your last letter is the fifth one I have had from you. So I’m beginning to think this miracle isn’t going to end for a good few years. We’ve still got a long way to go before we […]