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Hospital city

I don’t have a lot of experience with small hospitals. My medical school’s hospital was about two square blocks of buildings, all of them attached, ranging in age from 100 years to 10 years. The were connected by irregular bridges and linked (ex)-fire escapes, and by miles of dim tunnels. During my residency, the campus…

Fear the clowns

As I sit in my (very narrow) seat on a DC-9 heading for North Carolina, one thing in particular strikes me: I’m really, really pleased that there is no such thing as “alternative engineering”. It’s not that “allopathic” or “mainstream” engineers never make mistakes—bridges collapse, cars break, computers die—but most of the time, our buildings,…