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Peeking Into An Army Doctor’s Diary.

 Wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other. For, in the first place, no man can survey himself without forthwith turning his thoughts towards the God in whom he lives and moves.

I remember in my first week in medical school the ethics professor summarily began his lecture on a cold note-if we were having any second thoughts about becoming a doctor this was the best moment to (in his own iced words) “enter out”. Before long we all came to realise that the life of a doctor is gruesome and not for those seeking medals or fame. Actually the only famous doctors are usually bad doctors. The medical profession like being a nun or a monk is said to be a vocation you are called to.  In the course of duty you get to discover your own weaknesses, inadequacies and are constantly reminded of your own mortal frailty (and there are many such moments). But the satisfying moments come when you humbly acknowledge  your total dependence on an infinite God, His wisdom and providence. So then, like the proverbial fly perched on a wall, come with me and lets peek into the diary of a war time army doctor [in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan]:

Day One: More than 24 hours after take-off our military plane lands. You can’t see out of the windows so your senses are overwhelmed as the doors open.

It’s 41C, dusty and sandy and I’m exhausted. After a day and a half’s grace it’s down to work – on call 24 hours a day for the next two months.

God, I hope I can do OK. I meet the team of British and American surgeons. To show solidarity the British wear surgical hats bearing the American flag. And they wear the Union Jack. Read More…