The Art of Medicine: A slap in the face

Some wounds heal in a matter of days; others may take decades, perhaps even a lifetime. more»

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The Art of Medicine: He slows us down, and that’s a good thing

For the clinician practicing pediatrics in New England, summertime means being inundated with an unrelenting stretch of physical examinations—for camp, for sports, for school, for college. Most kids are healthy; most physical examinations are straightforward. Every once in a while, I see a special needs child, and those visits usually require me to slow down and readjust the speed at which I plow through my daily schedule. more»

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Physician Assistants as Social Innovators in Healthcare: A review

Sponsored and underwritten by the Physician Assistant History Society, Physician Assistants as Social Innovators in Healthcare tracks the development of the PA profession from its tenuous beginnings in the mid-1960s to its current state, if indeed its current state can be defined; for the evolution of the modern PA workforce is a work in progress. more»

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The Art of Medicine: She flies with wings of her own

This adolescent girl is now a young woman. I have not seen her for more than 2 years. In less than a month, she’ll turn 19, already old enough to vote. As I scan the chart, I find myself wondering what has been happening in her life in the meantime. more»

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The Art of Medicine: Medicine in the time of the pandemic

Medicine has morphed into a profit-driven business. Like attorneys, we clinicians are directed to bill for our services at every opportunity. more»

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The Art of Medicine — You never know when the plague will strike

Usually this mother greets me with a smile. There is no smile today. Her eye contact is fleeting; her sentences clipped and short—a marked difference from the office visit yesterday, when she came in with her sick daughter. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Clinical diagnosis: No ideas but in things

The very first thing I notice when I step into the examination room are his eyes. Like newly ripened cranberries, they appear red to the core. The boy looks exhausted, as though he had been struggling to maintain a lengthy vigil, awaiting the changing of the guard. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Touchstone: A heart to heart encounter

This is the first time I’ve seen this patient; I’m thankful that I took a few moments to review the problem list before I stepped into the examination room. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Savoring the moment

“Your first patient of the day is ready in Room 11—a 21-year-old in for his yearly exam,” the nurse says. “He’s dropped his weight by 50 pounds over the past 12 months, down to 196.”

I look up from the news article on self-care splayed open on my desk. Perhaps I might learn something from this patient about how he managed his weight loss, I muse, as I rise from my chair and head down the back hallway. more»

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The Art of Medicine — His song

The nurse has adjusted the ventilation mask on the infant’s face. Mist leaks from the mask as the baby reclines contently in the mother’s lap. Soft music plays from her smart phone next to the child’s ear. “Mom says he always calms right down with this tune,” the nurse says. more»

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