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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. 85 more words

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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. 47 more words

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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. 61 more words

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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. 56 more words

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The Art of Medicine: A poetic tongue in cheek

Twenty minutes before closing time, a purple car rattles into the empty parking lot outside the after-hours care center. From my perch near a side window, I observe the young couple as they gather their toddler from the back seat. 46 more words

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The Art of Medicine: The source of your strength

She appears in the hallway outside the laboratory, spray bottle in hand. Dressed in hospital scrubs, she’s just arrived for the evening shift, while I’m zipping up my coat to go home. 46 more words

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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. 45 more words

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