A Medical Memoir
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.
“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