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An unforgettable, insightful and deeply humane memoir from a New Zealand paediatrician who has committed his life to the care and wellbeing of young people.

‘There is always a baby for whom you can feel happy at what they have achieved, or sad when things go wrong. There are always parents to help through an incredible journey . . . I am, I know, a very lucky man.’


Leading paediatrician Dr Simon Rowley has committed almost all of his working life to the care and wellbeing of children.

In Mind That Child, Rowley provides a rare glimpse into what it means to be entrusted with the most precious of responsibilities – a young human life. Charting his decades of medical experience, Rowley touches on an array of issues, from the high-stakes management of tiny pre-term babies to the serious impacts of drugs, alcohol and technology on developing minds. Real-life cases and practical advice are interwoven throughout a candid, compassionate narrative.

What’s revealed is a tender and profound portrait of a medical professional at the very centre of what matters – a doctor who always adopts a humane, holistic view and who writes openly about the personal impact of a career in medicine.

A must-read for any parent and a wonderful insight into the high-pressure medical world.

Reviews

A book full of telling and moving details.

Paul Little, North & South

Mind That Child is the memoir of the sage and the salient ... one who respects the fragility and sanctity of life. Dr Simon Rowley, we salute you.

Sylvia Rosevear MD, NZ Medical Journal

Mind That Child provides insight into a job that is filled with tension and moments of terror, and a life that is dedicated to saving others.

Linda Thompson, Bay of Plenty Times

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    9780143771982

    May 28, 2018

    Penguin

    RRP $38.00

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    9780143771999

    May 28, 2018

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Extract

Chapter 1

Ward round, Thursday evening

Today’s ward round is an eventful one, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

 

The baby is lying on her back. There are oxygen prongs up her nose and a drip connected to her bellybutton, but she seems calm and relaxed – not at all concerned as the ultrasonographer repeatedly passes the wand over her tummy while peering at the

screen that’s playing a grainy black and white movie of the child’s insides. As the image is refocused and reframed, zoomed in and out, we can all see the intricate plumbing of the gut, and the heart chambers pumping like little fists clenching and unclenching.

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