A Doc’s Life

Book Review

50 Years of Medical Memories

Dr Teoh Seng Kee has spent five decades in the medical profession. Teoh was educated at Penang Free School, Penang. In 1965 he was awarded a Colombo Plan scholarship to do medicine at the Grant Medical College, Bombay, India.

After graduation in 1970, Teoh returned and served in Penang and Perlis. He did his postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University Hospital Kuala Lumpur. In 1979 he resigned as a lecturer and became a private consultant in Ipoh.

His professional experiences were not limited to the labour room alone, as he got himself involved in medico-social problems, health campaigns, environmental and consumer issues. While at University Hospital Kuala Lumpur he participated actively in the Malaysian Medical Association and the O & G Society, organising clinical meetings, conferences and was on the Ministry of Health joint committees.

‘A Doc’s Life’ is a recollection of Teoh’s professional experiences told in his down-to-earth manner with anecdotes gleaned from his work in the clinics. Most are laced with humour, which readers could easily relate to whether they are medically-inclined or not.

Here are some of the accolades he received from his colleagues from the medical fraternity:

“Dr Teoh has been more than a good doctor as he forayed beyond the frontiers of medicine into the broader world of life as it impacted health. SK has led a long meaningful life for the community as a good doctor and a good citizen.”  – Dato’ Seri Dr T.P. Devaraj (former President Malaysian Medical Association).

“He is a wonderful teacher, teaching us how to face life in difficult times, with courage, humility and humour. SK, you are my friend, brother and a teacher for Life.” – Dato’ Dr Fadzli Cheah, Medical Director, Ipoh Specialist Hospital.

“As you have a great writing style and a good story teller, we look forward to receive the story of your professional life (with juicy stories of babies/women issues).” – Dr Tan Yew Oo, Consultant Oncologist, Singapore.

‘A Doc’s Life’ is presently available at Dr Teoh’s clinic at Ipoh Specialist Hospital, Ipoh. It will be sold at major bookstores soon. Those keen on getting a copy can call Teoh at 012 530 1515 or email him at: The 130-page softcover is priced at RM15 a copy. Proceeds will be donated to charity.


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