In these often hilarious, and always thought-provoking tales of medical intrigue and misadventure, drawn from the author's experiences as a doctor in rural Nepal and the inner-city wildernesses of the UK, Prasanna Gautam encounters medical conundrums with some very surprising outcomes. But there is much more to these stories than simple entertainment. How do your practise medicine ethically under a totalitarian regime? How do you pit the interests of the individual patient against strongly held cultural practices and beliefs? And how do you help a patient who is determined not to be helped?