Bent not BrokenBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7340.795/a (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:795
- Ruth Little
- BMJ Clegg scholar and final year medical student, Melbourne, Australia
Zymurgy Publishing, £6.99, pp 267
ISBN 1 903506 02 6
Most doctors I know entered medical school straight from school or after undergraduate study. New Zealander Lauren Roche had an unconventional path to become a doctor, which included stints as a stowaway, stripper, prostitute, and drug misuser. She describes this journey in her courageous autobiography, Bent not Broken.
Roche begins her narrative with snippets and stories from her childhood. These reveal instability, poverty, and abuse. Her parents' marriage ended in …