Monthly Archives: July 2011

Which is it this time Holmes, cocaine or morphine?

So asks Watson of the great literary detective. But Sherlock Holmes certainly wasn’t the only thinker of his era to plunge himself into experimentation with drugs. Both Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, and William Halsted, giant of American surgery, suffered … Continue reading

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Filed under History of Medicine, Suffering

When I grow up

All over the country, thousands of pre-medical students are crossing the threshold, preparing to spend the next decade in school and training. Danielle Ofri answers, “Why would anyone choose to become a doctor?” The awe of discovering the human body. … Continue reading

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Filed under Day in the Life, Education, Love

Playing well with others

In an effort to¬†identify students with strong interpersonal skills,¬†some medical schools are embracing creative interviewing methods in their admissions processes. At Virginia Tech Carilion, 26 candidates showed up on a Saturday in March and stood with their backs to the … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Ethics

I still believe, in spite of everything

…that people are truly good at heart. Anne Frank told us so 70 years ago, and now the professor behind the Stanford prison experiment is out to prove it. Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the man responsible for the most memorable example … Continue reading

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Grimm and Gray

Valerie Gribben, a new medical resident as of July 1, has an insightful editorial in the New York Times on using fairy tales to understand suffering in medicine. The practice of medicine bestows the sacred privilege to ask about the … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Humanism, Literature, Storytelling, Suffering