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When Life and Art Collide

Sometimes life imitates art. The final story in my collection, A History of the Present Illness, called “A Medical Story”, opens with a doctor making a home visit to a public housing building. While I changed details to protect the patient and create a meaningful story, this opening scene is true to my experience. Just how [...]

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The Op-Ed

The Op-Ed is an interesting beast, not least because that shorthand is often thought to mean “opinion or editorial” when in fact it means “opposite the editorial page” (on that perhaps dying artifact known as a newspaper), and as it turns out the two definitions are about equally accurate in these days of electronic readers. [...]

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We See and Yet Are Blind

Being a doctor can give a person a very warped perspective on life and illness. We tend to see people when they are sick and see the sickest patients more often than the healthier ones (rightly so!). As a result, our impressions are based on one (during a hospitalization, for example) or a series (in [...]

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