The Art of Medicine: Under the radar

He sits on the edge of the examination table, this young man of 23 years: shoeless, sockless, his feet dangling down below the tattered hem of his worn trousers. A faded gray pullover is likewise threadbare. With one glance, I ascertain the reason for this visit. more»

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The Art of Medicine: Our daughters, ourselves

There she sits, fully clothed, on the examination table. She’s tall and lithe with long straight hair, high cheekbones, and slender fingers. I introduce myself, smile, and offer her my hand. It’s all she can do to flash a fleeting smile back. more»

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Rhetorical persuasion in the clinical setting

It is Friday evening in the after-hours care center. All the scheduled patients have been processed. Each one has departed with a prescription in hand, their precious ticket to procuring a portion of the magic potion they imagine will make them better. more»

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Lessons learned from the brute beast

Before he chose a career in writing, James Joyce was a medical student. He kept a model of the human fetus in the womb on his desk while he crafted the “Oxen of the Sun” episode in Ulysses. We can surmise that the theme of gestational development was constantly before his eyes and in his thoughts as he wrote. more»

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The Art of Medicine: Evaluating the adolescent patient

I glance at the nursing note. Weight is recorded as 241 lb, a gain of 20 lb over the past 10 months. “Big kid,” I remark. The student nods her head. I rap on the door and we step across the threshold into the room. more»

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“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” — Once a Year

Harry was a typical adolescent in the practice. Although I would see him now and again for the occasional minor illness, for the most part he came but once a year for a check up. But Harry was atypical in one respect. more»

My latest installment of Notes from a HealerOnce a Year — 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.