Karin Wahlberg

About me

How it all started

I have told this story many times, and it is still true. It was on a morning round in the women’s clinic in Lund some time at the end of 1996 that I had the idea of murdering a colleague. Perhaps not someone I worked with. But who knows? Suddenly a crazy idea popped up in my head. What if the night doctor didn’t come to the morning meeting? What if he was lying dead somewhere in the hospital? Murdered. The thought that arose that morning stuck in my mind.

I went home and killed a doctor at the computer. And so it continued, and I became the one “who writes about the health service as it really is” – according to people who actually work with health care. It has been great fun and it has helped me to develop. You are forced to look at the world around you when you write.

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My latest book

Cancerland – there and back

cancerland

At the start of 2015 the author and doctor Karin Wahlberg finds out that she has rectal cancer. Her case is investigated for a number of weeks, when life seems to be hanging from a thread, but then she undergoes an operation and is back working again. Now she shares her experience of the illness, with many flashbacks and thoughts about the life that we all hold so dear. In a series of candid reflections she considers both what she herself has been through as a patient, and also crucial phases in life that are of general human relevance, based on her professional role as a doctor. The book also includes the previously published and much appreciated text “Dead Mothers Are Tricky Things”, about being a young girl who loses her mother to cancer.

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