“Notes from a Healer” — Attachments

The little girl’s chest sounds like a deranged sonata of squeaks and whistles. She’s breathing fast — somewhere between 40 and 50 times a minute — with see-sawing motions of her belly and chest. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerAttachments — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

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“Notes from a Healer” — A New Era

As it was New Year’s Eve, my new employer told me I could close the after-hours care center early. “You probably won’t have much business,” he said. “People will be getting ready to celebrate, and I hear we might get some snow.”

I informed my medical assistant of the plan. “We’ll see how the evening unfolds,” I told him. “If it’s dead, we’ll pack it in. I suppose you have plans to celebrate?”

“I never make plans,” my medical assistant said. In some respects, he is a wise fellow. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerA New Era — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

“Notes from a Healer” — Three Important Things

From where I sit behind my desk I can hear him coming down the hall. His voice pierces the quiet calm of the office. Layered throughout I hear two additional voices: that of a woman, presumably the boy’s mother, and that of the medical assistant, soft and low. I have been forewarned about this boy. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerThree Important Things — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

“Notes from a Healer” — A Suitable Diagnosis

I found my new patient seated in the chair, dressed in a blue and white johnny top. She had a round face and a ready smile. Thick black curly hair covered her head. I noticed that the hair growth extended down the sides of her cheeks to the angles of the jaw. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerA Suitable Diagnosis — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

“Notes from a Healer” — Body Electric at 17

Of one thing I’m certain: the world will never be this boy’s oyster. When you suffer from chronic debilitating disease that deforms your young body as it struggles to develop and mature, you can bet that the world won’t be your oyster anytime soon. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerThe Body Electric at 17 — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

“Notes from a Healer” — The i’s Have It

The schedule says he’s here for suture removal. The sutures were placed nearly two weeks ago at a local hospital emergency room. The diagnosis listed on the ER form is “gun shot wound,” a rather uncommon occurrence in this suburban practice. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerThe i’s Have It — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.

“Notes from a Healer” — An Unhappy Triad

Behind the boy’s name on the schedule a note is appended: “follow up ER visit.”  No additional information is given.

I recognize the boy’s name.  He is the only son in a family of five children. Like most Egyptian boys, he reveres professional soccer.  He’s actually a good player himself, adept at maneuvering the ball down the field and drilling the goal. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerAn Unhappy Triad — is now online, newly published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine is an online journal fostering discussion about the culture of medicine, medical care, and experiences of illness. Interested readers can access a list of editorial board members and regular contributors here.