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Communal grief

“Use’ ta be the fambly was fust. It ain’t so now. It’s anybody.” —Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath”

I pull up to where the town cop stands in the wide expanse of macadam, roll down my window and look up into his face.

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Marginal Notes

Tightrope

Like a small performance on the high wire, there’s an art to tightrope walking in clinical practice. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — … 29 more words

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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… 68 more words

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Breathing easier at the end of the day

Fifteen minutes ago I heard grown-up voices and the intermittent cry of a child from the waiting area. It certainly is taking a long time to process the last patient of the day. 56 more words

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When the art of medicine becomes business as usual

It’s Saturday morning, the last day of my 6-day workweek. Twelve hours have elapsed since I finished my previous shift at the after-hours care center. I step in through the front door, valise in hand, to find my assistant seated behind the reception desk. 97 more words

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Mindful practice: Drive-through medicine

Although I recognize the need for sentiments — in both the patient and myself — many times I no longer have the luxury of time necessary to provide them. 47 more words

Medical Practice

The Art of Medicine: Hidden Agendas

In the clinical setting there are always hidden agendas. It takes an astute clinician to identify them. Many times students operate on a different wavelength entirely. 62 more words

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