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Being “Crook” in New Zealand

A humorous look at Kiwi healthcare.

Working as a doctor in New Zealand has required me to relearn some medical language. I don’t just mean the crazy way they spell esophagus with an “o” at the beginning, nor the unnecessary letters added to words like diarrhoea. As if you have time for unnecessary letters when you’re in a rush to the toilet.



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Charles Black M.D.

Dr. Charles Black is a general surgeon, author, photographer, outdoorsman, world traveler and fireside philosopher. Website: