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The Art of Medicine — A slice of life

“Can I see your first patient of the morning with you?” the new student asks. “It’s a laceration, here to be glued.”

An interesting way to present a patient, I think to myself as I escort the student into the examination room. 45 more words

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The Art of Medicine — Father wounds: Dealing with loss

“This 17-year-old boy is here for a physical exam,” the nurse says, handing me the chart. “He hasn’t been in for 2 years. He needs his meningitis vaccine to start college this fall. 71 more words

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The Art of Medicine — Weekend call: Sifting the salient points

I can tell that the only way to reassure this young mother would be to see the child. “Where do you live?” She tells me the address in a nearby community. 57 more words

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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. 84 more words

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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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