Going Blind in Nepal

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Simon Parlow


Following two months of backpacking in Southeast Asia, I arrived in Nepal in August 2014 for a much anticipated three-week global health elective in emergency medicine. Before I finished my first day, however, my trip took an unexpected turn; I began to experience a serious medical problem and was forced to seek immediate treatment. I was suddenly transformed from an enthusiastic student to a reluctant patient in a country whose medical system is very different from that of my own. This unfortunate circumstance did, however, allow me to learn about Nepalese medicine in ways that I never would have been able to as a medical student, and the lessons that I learned will undoubtedly help me in my future career.


Suite à deux mois de voyage en Asie du Sud-Est, je suis arrivé au Népal en août 2014 où j’ai fait un stage de trois semaines en méde­cine d’urgence. Suite à ma première journée de stage, j’ai dû me chercher un traitement médical pour un problème sérieux. J’ai été transformé d’étudiant enthousiaste en patient inquiet dans un pays où le système médical est très différent du mien. Mon expérience comme patient et étudiant en médecine au Népal m’a permis d’apprendre beaucoup au sujet de la médecine népalaise. Les leçons apprises dans ce pays étranger vont sans doute aider dans ma future carrière en tant que médecin.

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Case Report & Elective report
Author Biography

Simon Parlow, University of Ottawa

Medical Student 3rd Year, Class of 2017


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