Holding My Breath Further Exploits of an ER Doctor is a memoir of a busy medical doctor

By CityLife Arts Writer

Anne Biccard’s Holding My Breath is a candid, heart-breaking and very funny memoir of life in one of Johannesburg’s busiest emergency rooms.

Biccard’s warmth and humanity shine through the often harrowing tale, creating an unputdownable, uplifting and inspiring book. The first customer today reports that, the previous night, his right nipple had moved away from its usual location. He noticed its absence when he looked in the mirror and later found it in his armpit. ‘Wow,’ I say with a slight frown. I have never heard of a migrating nipple before. ‘Let’s have a look.’ I slide the door shut and motion to him to pull his T-shirt off. ‘Oh, it has moved back now,’ he says.


Dr Anne Biccard is a medical doctor who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied psychology and then medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. She lives with her partner on a small farm where they provide a home to rescued greyhounds (and some other creatures).

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