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One Curious Doctor

A memoir of medicine, migration and mortality

Hilton Koppe

One Curious Doctor
Hilton Koppe was working as a doctor in small-town Australia when he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. As the fallout from the trauma of the diagnosis began to settle, he tried to work out how he ended up in this position. Was the PTSD a consequence of vicarious trauma from working as a country doctor for over thirty years? Did it come from his life-long feelings of being an outsider trying so hard to fit in? Or was it a result of trauma experienced by his parents and grandparents in their search for security across three continents?

Or maybe it was all down to personality type. His nature. Did the qualities which made him a trusted doctor also make him more vulnerable to the inevitable impact of caring for people over many years?

In One Curious Doctor, Hilton Koppe writes with curiosity and compassion of his family fleeing Europe, the lessons he learned from the patients he helped, and his sadness and relief of no longer being able to practise medicine.

Praise for One Curious Doctor
'What happens when a physician can't simply heal himself? Does he still get to call himself doctor when he no longer sees patients? What is his place in the world? In Hilton Koppe's case, he writes an honest, vulnerable, gorgeous memoir inviting the reader into his journey from illness to health, from his family's origins fleeing Lithuania and Germany during World War II to becoming a country doctor in Australia. Though he no longer works in a clinic, Hilton continues to heal with his words. One Curious Doctor is a medical memoir with heart.' - Kim Suhr, author of Nothing to Lose

'One Curious Doctor gives an ancestral dimension to who we are as humans and who we are as healers.' - Dr Frank Meumann

'Hilton's self-reflection and hard-earned wisdom is a gift. His stories envelop and engage the reader. Light the fire, settle back in a comfortable chair, and allow yourself to be enchanted.' - Arnold Zable

'One Curious Doctor gives unprecedented access to the mind of a medical professional as they decide to be kind.' - Prof. Catherine Cook, AM

Hilton Koppe is a writer, workshop facilitator, podcaster and doctor living on Bundjalung land on the east coast of Australia.
Format Paperback
Size 234 x 156 mm
ISBN 9781743059883
Extent 244 pages
Price: AU$34.95 including GST
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