Medical Misadventures



1 November 2020 | WORD Christchurch Spring Festival

Two novels take medical mishaps as a starting point. In Carl Shuker‘s acclaimed A Mistake, surgeon Elizabeth Taylor, a ‘gifted, driven woman excelling in a male-dominated culture’, deals with the fallout from an operation that goes gravely wrong. Eileen Merriman‘s new novel for adults, The Silence of Snow, explores life under pressure for an Anaesthetic Fellow and a first year doctor.

Both authors know their stuff: Shuker is a former editor at the British Medical Journal and Merriman is consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital. They talk to writer, medical student and podcast host Emma Espiner.

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