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Time well spent

A few years ago I was walking through a local mall with my daughter and saw a kid about her age wearing a backpack and holding hands with a young woman. He was a gorgeous little boy, with black hair and huge black eyes. His eyes reminded me of my daughter’s. There was a name…

The great Dr. Sandy Templeton once asked his pathology class, “Why do people go to the doctor?” People came up with all sorts of responses, but to each he gave his best British, “No, no, no, no!” Then he would tell us, “They come to the doctor because they don’t feel well and they want…

Service

The young resident presented the patient in the usual dry terms we use for such things. “The patient is a 42 year old woman recently hospitalized for cirrhosis due to alcohol use. Her cirrhosis has been complicated by esophageal varices, encephalopathy, and refractory ascites.” In other words, the woman has drunk herself nearly to death.…

How to survive your hospital stay

Recent discussions around here reminded me that it’s time again to talk about what it’s like to be in a hospital, and how to survive the experience. But first, as we move into the last two weeks of our very-successful Donors Choose challenge, I’d like to invite health care professionals in particular to participate. Gifts…

Thanks, Doc

I was one of those crazy folks who loved medical school—not just the clinical years, but the pre-clinical sciences as well. The transition from pre-clinical to clinical can be rather unnerving (picture learning how to do a pelvic exam on paid models). One of my first clinical experiences was in our physical exam class. Much…

I hate orange urine

On July 4th at 5 a.m., I’m loading the family into the car and driving very far away, where cellphones, pagers, and most critically the internet, do not work. Blogging has been very hard for me lately. I love writing, but due to work and family mishegos it’s been hard to keep up with the…

Journeys

On July 4th at 5 a.m., I’m loading the family into the car and driving very far away, where cellphones, pagers, and most critically the internet, do not work. Blogging has been very hard for me lately. I love writing, but due to work and family mishegos it’s been hard to keep up with the…

On July 4th at 5 a.m., I’m loading the family into the car and driving very far away, where cellphones, pagers, and most critically the internet, do not work. Blogging has been very hard for me lately. I love writing, but due to work and family mishegos it’s been hard to keep up with the…

Never say “hopeless”

On July 4th at 5 a.m., I’m loading the family into the car and driving very far away, where cellphones, pagers, and most critically the internet, do not work. Blogging has been very hard for me lately. I love writing, but due to work and family mishegos it’s been hard to keep up with the…

Fountain Pens

On July 4th at 5 a.m., I’m loading the family into the car and driving very far away, where cellphones, pagers, and most critically the internet, do not work. Blogging has been very hard for me lately. I love writing, but due to work and family mishegos it’s been hard to keep up with the…