The patient was a 66-year old woman with severe COPD presenting with a flare—and she would be my first patient on the wards. I pored over her chart, writing down pertinent history and labs, putting stars next to questions I wanted to make sure I got answers to. 410 more words
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For this month’s SAHN session, we discussed Michael Taussig’s 1979 essay, “Reification and the Consciousness of the Patient” from his 1992 book The Nervous System. Drawing on evidence from a North American teaching hospital, Taussig analyses what he views as the reification or “thingification” of disease – a process by which disease rendered, by its institutional and professional contexts, a matter of purely physiological and biological processes. 572 more words
As a consultant, I’m sometimes asked to evaluate physician interactions with patients. Sometimes it’s via a camera in the room, watching a recording, or live, and other times I’m in the room, introducing myself as a colleague with an interest in watching Dr. 447 more words
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“…This coercive, anticompetitive system has survived to this day, under government protection, resulting in the runaway costs and obscene corporate profits you would expect. This syndicate generates gigantic hospital bills, and the extent to which these bills remain uncollected provides the basis for the taxpayer subsidization known as the uncompensated care system, or disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.
Today, I was assigned to an Ob/Gyn resident clinic, which is where a couple of residents see patients under the supervision of an attending. My job as the medical student was to do whatever the resident wanted me to do: take histories, assist in pelvic exams, find the fetal heartbeat on the monitor, or if the resident was too busy to supervise me, to follow her around. 437 more words