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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The Art of Medicine: The big and the little

The patient squats by the step stool in the examination room, peering at pictures as she turns the pages of the little big-book. She squeals with delight at the moo cow; she claps her tiny hands at the puppy dog and looks up at me expectantly to validate her joy.

Her mother sits in the chair opposite, leaning forward, elbows resting on her knees, only the hint of a smile on her face. “So what do we do this time?” she asks in a slightly defeated tone of voice. more»

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The Art of Medicine: Dispensing empathy in the pediatric setting

Slowly, the student nods her head. On this, the last day of her pediatric rotation, she has learned a valuable lesson: listening to the patient with an empathetic ear will generally hold you in good stead. more»

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The Art of Medicine: A distant close encounter

I glance at the encounter form and step into the examination room. A young boy sits on the examination table. A man, presumably his father, stands off to the side by the back window, chatting on his smartphone. more»

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The Art of Medicine: Moments without an ICD-10 code

Cellphone conversations during medical encounters turn me off; ofttimes I seethe beneath my carefully orchestrated demeanor. But somehow this time it’s different. more»

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Anticipatory guidance: Not just for patients

“There you had the opportunity to see what sometimes happens when we fail to provide proper anticipatory guidance to parents. Things devolve into disasters, and they’re much harder to fix.” more»

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When powders and potions won’t do

Practicing good medicine does not always mean prescribing medication. When powders and potions won’t do, sometimes education, a little reassurance — and advocating for the caretaker — go a long way.  more»

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