The Art of Medicine — Agate eyes

I retire to an empty examination room to review the chart. An entry from 2 years back jogs my memory. This woman had learned she has breast cancer midway through her last pregnancy. She elected to forgo treatment and carry her baby to term. Radiation and chemotherapy were started immediately after the birth of the child. It had been a rocky course. I close the chart, walk down the hallway, and rap gently on the examination room door. more»

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The Art of Medicine — A lot on her plate

As I read the nurse’s note in the infant’s chart, an involuntary sigh escapes from my lips. A 9-month-old child who refuses to eat. This does not bode well for the first patient of the day. I glance at my posted schedule, already full for the morning session. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Partnering with a parent

Immediately, I recognize the parents. I’ve met them before. Their infant daughter is now 4 months old. The father stands in the middle of the room next to the examination table with the child in his arms. The mother is seated in one of the chairs by the far wall. Brief smiles fade from their faces as the conversation moves quickly to the reason for the visit. more»

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The Art of Medicine — When care goes beyond the patient

I check my morning schedule: this 1-month newborn well-child check, with no additional patients booked for the next half-hour, is certainly a satisfactory start — but in this business, without warning, things can go south in the blink of an eye. more»

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The Art of Medicine — Keeping one step ahead of the need to know

It always behooves one to crack the books before the final examination. more»

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The Art of Medicine — A Christmas gift

The mother sits quietly beside her husband, holding the swaddled infant in her arms. With pen in hand the father studies the form on the clipboard before him. Their 3-year-old son vies for his attention, then drops to the floor, whining by his feet. more»

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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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