Tales by Doctors “Typhoid Mary”

Tales by Doctors “Typhoid Mary”

“Medical Myths – Tales by Doctors” Typhoid Mary . . Uche Anyanwagu . . Uche walked into my clinic feeling dejected. It could be seen that she was having a bad day – one dotted by the stress of Lagos traffic and spiced by a plaguing ill health that has refused to give way. . . In her usual way, I am always her last resort when all efforts at “faithing” her health to self-prescribing,…

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Tales by Doctors “Yes, You! Have you checked your BP?”

Tales by Doctors “Yes, You! Have you checked your BP?”

“Medical Myths – Tales by Doctors” Yes, You! Have you checked your BP? . . Uche Anyanwagu . . The question struck us like the proverbial bolt from the blues. In a way, it struck us back to reality. . This was my feeling and that of many other medical students as we encircled our consultant in her clinic. . . As meticulous doctor, she took time to take the blood pressure readings of the…

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Tales by Doctors “My Codeine Story!”

Tales by Doctors “My Codeine Story!”

“Medical Myths – Tales by Doctors” My Codeine Story! . . Uche Anyanwagu . . The young man, led by his beleaguered mother and two brothers, entered the clinic where I sat with other medical students during our psychiatry posting in a rural outpost of our hospital. . . Obviously, he was the first son of this widow, and from whom so much was expected. All hope now seemed lost as he was not even…

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51 years on! What lessons and gains? by Uche Anyanwagu

51 years on! What lessons and gains? by Uche Anyanwagu

So, as I stand now from our sit-at-home, the last couple of hours has given me the opportunity to reflect, and ponder on the lessons and gains of the Biafran genocide. . . Recently, I had the rare grace of hosting the amiable Nwadioramma Amarachi Atama – the finest Igbo poet and ace cultural promoter. From a very disadvantaged Igbo leaning – of not even passing Igbo in WAEC, Nwadioramma has shown the power of passion in…

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Remembering Dr Akanu Ibiam and Dick Tiger – The Connections by Uche Anyanwagu 

Remembering Dr Akanu Ibiam and Dick Tiger – The Connections by Uche Anyanwagu 

As I continue my sit-at-home to reflect on the Biafran genocide, I remember the bravery of Late Ezeogo Dr Akanu Ibiam and Richard Ihetu (Dick Tiger) . . It will be sad to note that these men may need introduction today. Anyway, that clearly mirrors the Nigerian state of selective amnesia, poor sense of history and blatant distortion of facts. . . These great men stand out in their bravery in speaking truth to power….

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Remembering My War Hero – Col Joe ‘Hannibal’ Achuzia (Air Raid) by Uche Anyanwagu

Remembering My War Hero – Col Joe ‘Hannibal’ Achuzia (Air Raid) by Uche Anyanwagu

The sun shall surely rise again In her own land and with no pain Her fallen ones shall be the seed On her soil in word and deed . . . As I sit at home today to reflect on the Biafran genocide, the name of Colonel Joe ‘Hannibal’ Achuzia (Air Raid) comes to mind. Having read much of the genocide (war), I have adored him as My War Hero. . . Recently on someone’s…

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The Land of the Rising Sun by Uche Anyanwagu

The Land of the Rising Sun by Uche Anyanwagu

Born of necessity- a nation Borne of sheer determination Gaping wounds, calloused hands Bruised souls, hunger pangs Eastward rising Yet brightly shining . . Africa birthed in her soil Her own, for her, must toil They shed on her paths their blood To cover her streets in a roving flood Eastward rising Yet brightly shining . . 30 months and one, it surged “Rid us of them” the slogan urged On every side she was…

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Tales by Doctors ”Before your next sex, My Child (2)”

Tales by Doctors ”Before your next sex, My Child (2)”

“Medical Myths – Tales by Doctors” Before your next sex, My Child (2). . . . Uche Anyanwagu . . My wife had called severally to brief me of how the first letter made my child feel. . In her usual CCTV mode, she took an eagle-eye surveillance, took note and bored me silly with numerous feedbacks. . . My Child, I think today is a good day to open and read your second letter….

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Tales by Doctors ”Before your next sex, My Child”

Tales by Doctors ”Before your next sex, My Child”

“Medical Myths – Tales by Doctors” Before your next sex, My Child. . . . – Uche Anyanwagu . . . The sister walked in to ask if I will be willing to take more patients. I told her that my mood has run foul a bit. . I walked up to my colleague’s clinic and pleaded he takes on my remaining three patients as I seek to own my thoughts. . . “What could…

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Tales by Doctors “How can that secretion (saliva) hurt?”

Tales by Doctors “How can that secretion (saliva) hurt?”

“Medical Myths – Tales by Doctors” How can that secretion (saliva) hurt?” . . . – Uche Anyanwagu . . . “My Dear, spare me the agony of your tears…” pleaded Nonso as he tried to console Nkem who was sobbing uncontrollably. . It was a very gloomy day in our class that day. Students were seen in clusters, some with arms akimbo hushing among themselves. Others, heaved in despair. . . That Tuesday wore…

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