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November 25, 2013

What I'm Thankful For

I held a man's shoulder last night as he collapsed into tears.

After weeks of unfathomable pain, Mr. Reed finally swallowed the embarrassment and came to the ER. Every few minutes as he answered my questions he would grimace and double over, whispering soft prayers for the waves of torment to abate. Occasionally a few small drops of blood would make their escape, and Mr. Reed would celebrate the release. His wide, pleading eyes begged for help, and I hurried to find the resident whose own skill I trusted far more than my own. I watched raptly as she struggled to insert the catheter, learning from every step. My eyes widened as more than a liter of blood filled the ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 24, 2013

Assessing a Murderer

I guess I wasn't expecting it. He stumbled through the door in an orange jumpsuit, handcuffed and shackled at the ankles, six large and vested Correctional Officers in tow. His face below the eyes was covered by a polypropylene mask. The COs searched our interview room, at one po...

Posted By: Bryce Krishna Cragg  

November 22, 2013

On Crack and Cracking Up

Recently "This American Life" aired an episode on Fiascos. All the stories were hilarious, and as Ira Glass rightly said, there's a part of every fiasco where it just stops being a tragedy and gets pla...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

November 19, 2013

Giving Thanks, Even in the Absence of Thanksgiving

For the first time in my life, Thanksgiving this year is not a holiday. I actually have both an exam and an anatomy practical on Thanksgiving day itself, so it's kind of an anti-holiday. However, this doesn't mean that our school isn't celebrating. (Twice, actually — the fir...

Posted By: Sara Teichholtz  

November 17, 2013

Conflicted Interests

Recently, as part of our curriculum, we had a two week ethics course focused on many aspects of medical research. So while semi-stinating [procrastination that is only partially related to the work at hand] I came across an article by Robert Lowes discussing

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

November 16, 2013

The Ups and Downs of Neurology

It's true that exposure to human suffering is what got me interested in medicine. What often motivates aspiring physicians is the opportunity to alleviate human suffering. Yet for the first time since beginning medical school, I have been confronted by suffering I cannot alleviate...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 15, 2013

The Collective Solution

When I noticed that the most recent JAMA issue was devoted to "Critical Issues in US Health Care," I immediately placed it at the top of my must-read pile. Since starting clerkships, I've had a steadily growing interest in healthcare reform (i.e. ACA), the evolution of healthcare ...

Posted By: Amanda Xi  

November 15, 2013

Be Heard on The Differential

I consider it a heck of a privilege to be able to write for The Differential. Once a week I sit back in my chair late at night, a glass sweating on top of a coaster at the side of my computer, the monitor's pale glow the only light in a darkened house. A tired Jack Russell snores ...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

November 13, 2013

Rethinking the Aging Process

Aging is not simply the result of your chronological age. The environment and comorbid health conditions can contribute to aging in many ways. Most recently, researchers found that depression speeds up the aging process. These findings were recently published in

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

November 12, 2013

Physicians as Leaders, Not Bosses

A Harvard medical student recently published an op-ed in JAMA describing his experience

Posted By: Abraar Karan  

 
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