As a postwar immigrant from Hungary, Eva Szego had to work harder than most to secure the right to practice medicine in Australia. While maintaining the anonymity of her patients, Dr Szego presents a kaleidoscope of people and their complaints in this compassionate memoir. The reader clearly sees that it was the whole person who always engaged Eva, not just the complaint.
Whether it’s on house calls to fragile, lonely people determined to maintain their dignity, or at hospital bedside farewells, we witness and share the pain, as well as the triumphs, the frustrations and the gratitude.
After a half-century in general practice, Eva Szego has written this book to inspire medical students and young doctors, as well as to record the fascinating, the confronting, the awkward and occasionally the very funny scenarios played out daily in her consulting rooms.