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Small by Small: Becoming a Doctor in 1990s Nigeria (Hardback)

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This is the compelling story of Nigerian physician Ike Anya's path to becoming a doctor, from his intensely demanding studies to his beginnings as a newly qualified doctor. Moving, often humorous and always revealing, his account lays bare the challenges and rewards of his vocation.

Ike's compassion for his patients and their struggles develops against a background of huge political unrest in 1990s Nigeria. As student protests erupt, and universities are closed for weeks, democracy is threatened and at times crushed. From the small, longed-for baby of a rural couple, to the brother of a Lagos 'Big Man' who arrives at hospital with a gunshot wound, Ike learns about his patients and the society they live in as he learns how to be a doctor.

Full of fascinating stories from the hospitals where he studied and worked, in a society becoming modern, but hampered by failing infrastructure and bound by ancient traditions, this is a uniquely arresting book.

BiographyMemoirsMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesMedical profession Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd Publication Date: 18/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781914518096  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ike Anya is a consultant in public health medicine working in Nigeria and the UK, most recently supporting the NHS response to COVID in Scotland. An honorary lecturer in public health at Imperial College, he teaches at Bristol University & the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. A 2007 TED Global Fellow, he co-founded Nigeria Health Watch, EpiAfric, TEDxEuston and the Abuja Literary Society. He is an advisory council member of the AKO Caine Prize and published in The Guardian, Huffington Post, Granta, Catapult & Eclectica and in the anthology of essays by Nigerian writers on Nigeria: Of This Our Country. Co-editor of The Weaverbird Collection of New Nigerian Writing, he has an MA in Creative Non-Fiction from UEA.

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