The Art of Medicine — Making it up as you go along

“He’s pitching a fit in there!” the nurse goes on. “Won’t even let me take his temperature. The mother’s upset because she said they had to wait too long. It’s only been 15 minutes.”

Silently, I smile as I approach the closed examination room door. I find the boy clinging to his mother’s neck, sobbing. “Oh my, someone’s upset,” I muse. more»

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The Art of Medicine — When the dust settles

The young mother sits in one of the plastic chairs in the examination room, struggling to contain her little girl. The toddler writhes in her mother’s arms, throws her head back, then head butts her mother’s shoulder. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Do you believe in magic?

In pediatric practice a sleight of hand might produce unintended consequences. more»

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The Art of Medicine — A slice of life

“Can I see your first patient of the morning with you?” the new student asks. “It’s a laceration, here to be glued.”

An interesting way to present a patient, I think to myself as I escort the student into the examination room. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Father wounds: Dealing with loss

“This 17-year-old boy is here for a physical exam,” the nurse says, handing me the chart. “He hasn’t been in for 2 years. He needs his meningitis vaccine to start college this fall. His mother’s out in the waiting room. Oh, and there’s a sticky note posted inside: looks like his father died this past spring.” more»

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The Art of Medicine — Weekend call: Sifting the salient points

I can tell that the only way to reassure this young mother would be to see the child. “Where do you live?” She tells me the address in a nearby community. “Could you bring her to our office at 11 a.m.? more»

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The Art of Medicine: Caring for a new mother

I don’t recognize the infant’s name that appears on my mid-morning schedule. At 13 days of age, he’s coming in for a weight and nutrition check.

The nurse steps out of the examination room, easing the door closed behind her. She’s got a frown on her face. “He really hasn’t gained any weight since last week—only half an ounce in 6 days.” more»

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