Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pillaging, plundering and public health

In response to requests by leprosy advocacy groups, Aardman Animations, the studio behind upcoming film The Pirates!, is removing a scene which shows a character losing an arm on a “leper boat.” “After reviewing the matter, we decided to change … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Film, Public health

What keeps us going

In the endless throes of exams and sleep deprivation, it’s easy to forget why we came to medical school in the first place. “So, will you all be my doctors again when I come back?” Sometimes, you just need one … Continue reading

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Improvement of the mind through extensive reading

There’s a scene in Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy states that in addition to the usual accomplishments necessary for an early 19th century young lady, one “must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Literature, Storytelling

Art, Frankenstein, and a pleasant break from anatomy

“I beheld the wretch — the miserable monster whom I had created.” This poignant moment, realized by Mary Shelley’s notorious Dr. Victor Frankenstein, represents the literary crux of science and medicine. Almost every physician at some stage in their education … Continue reading

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Literary H&P

Medicine is about storytelling. In particular, the medical history and physical (H&P) is an exhaustive write-up of the current status of the patient, with a strong emphasis on the events leading up to hospital admission. However, it leaves little room … Continue reading

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Humanism in Perspective: Connectedness

At the end of the day, Humanism is about the recognition of the connectedness of all things. As I see myself in the trickling water of stream and the freshness of the morning dew, while having empathy for others, I … Continue reading

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Lessons in professionalism, brought to you by Modern Family (spoiler alert)

This week’s return of Modern Family on ABC (“Lifetime Supply”) has a striking lesson about medicine amid its comic subplots. Phil Dunphy, father of the family, reports to his doctor for a check-up where pain is found under his arm. … Continue reading

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Filed under Humanism, Professionalism