Archive | March, 2013

Pain

We all know what pain is. And we know it comes in many different flavors – physical, psychological, emotional; acute, chronic; sharp, dull, burning, searing, excruciating, etc. – anything and everything that includes suffering or discomfort of any kind. Sure, it can be helpful, like an early warning system or a corrective for when we are [...]

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Top 10 Doctor-Writers

aka Ten Doctor Writers Everyone Should Read Let me just start by acknowledging that top 10 lists are: absurd, biased, intriguing, powerful, useless, helpful, and ubiquitous – depending of course on the topic, its author, and you, its reader. Some of this author’s biases: -          I like a good story -          I love muscular, original [...]

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Burnout

When you hear the same comment from two very different places/people in a short space of time, you need to take it seriously. First, a friend/colleague at Brown said she loved the book, couldn’t put it down, but felt it didn’t paint a very optimistic portrait of medicine since “so many of the characters left [...]

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