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On Call: Stories from my life as a surgeon, a daughter and a mother

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Ineke Meredith
March 2024
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Stories of life, death and bravery by a Kiwi female general surgeon

'Ruthlessly honest and viscerally beautiful. The book I wish I had read as a medical student.' Emma Espiner

The world of surgery is strange, messy and intense. From a man presenting with fishhooks in his stomach to being punched in the face by a patient, it's all in a mad day's work for a female general surgeon. Even with emergency operations in the wee hours and constantly being mistaken for a nurse, there are still moments of laughter and tenderness amid the chaos.

When Ineke's parents in Samoa fall ill, she becomes torn between her roles as a surgeon, a daughter and a single working mother, leading her to ask: are the sacrifices of a life in scrubs worth it?

This is an extraordinary memoir from inside the operating room about the heart it takes to survive.