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Sterling Haynes, MD

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Sterling Haynes is an octogenarian writer of humorous short stories and zany poems. He was a country and urban doctor for almost 40 years in BC and Alabama. When he was 70 he had a stroke and, as he puts it, “my brain was rearranged. I developed a wonky right foot, and started writing funny stories and poems. I traded a paralyzed right foot for a developing, storytelling right brain. Maybe I got the better of the deal!”

Obituaries / June 2017

Ubuntu is an African Bantu word meaning “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Bill Nelems, a retired thoracic surgeon, was a BC physician, educator, writer, and philanthropist. Bill was born in 1939 in... Read More

Back Page / June 2014

Almost 60 years ago when I started a rural practice in Williams Lake, British Columbia, I found some of my patients were using Hoffman’s drops, consisting of one part ether to three parts alcohol, for various ills. The... Read More

Back Page / March 2014

I remember comedian Lily Tomlin’s great one liner, “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” Writing funny can be difficult for an 85-year-old writer and retired doc. It can be due to... Read More

Physician Spotlight / July/August 2012

Dr Stewart Burris Stewart Burris was delivered by his uncle in 1920 at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC. His dad, always known as HL, was a physician too. I found HL to be very reasonable and easygoing.... Read More

Letters / March 2012

Thank you for the good editorials, Roll on [BCMJ 2011;53:513] and Dr Google [BCMJ 2011;53:514] in the December 2011 issue.  The meat of all the articles was written by Dr Paul M. Gelpke: A snowy... Read More

Letters / April 2011

I enjoyed Dan Small’s article entitled “An anthropological examination of an exotic tribe: The Nai­cisyhp” in the January/February, 2011 issue [BCMJ 2011;53:32-34].  As a retired Naicisyhp I write se­mor­dnelap... Read More