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Bent not Broken

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0204126 (Published 01 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:0204126
  1. Ruth Little, final year medical student1
  1. 1Melbourne University, Australia

Most doctors I know started medical school straight after school or after undergraduate study. A New Zealander named Lauren Roche took an unconventional path to becoming a doctor, which included stints as a stowaway, stripper, prostitute, and drug misuser. She is now a general practitioner and describes this journey in her courageous autobiography Bent not Broken.

Roche begins with snippets and stories from her childhood which reveal instability, poverty, and abuse. At the age of 17, after several traumatic and turbulent years as a teenager, she …

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