"I don't just read Pulse, I adore it." --Donald Berwick MD
Adam B. Weiner
The word came unbidden into my head.
Oh, no. Here I was, only a few questions into Mr. Marlow's medical history, and the feeling had begun already.
I'd often experienced this when I was a pre-med student, spending so much time on labs and textbooks instead of with patients. When I'd begun my first year as a medical student, I'd hoped to leave all that behind. Medical school felt energizing: I was ready to see real patients and start helping them!
And not to be...
May not be
Without this scan
We won't know
If you're living
Like the rest of us
On a more compressed schedule
Once it's done
You'll be a zero or a one
Are you sure you want to know?
When I was in medical residency, more than thirty years ago, I ran with a pack of fellow residents, all guys who were fit to varying degrees. Once, on an outing, we discussed the--hopefully--hypothetical question: "If the need arose, which one of us would we eat first?"
"Randy!" my friends gleefully concluded.
"His meat would be the most marbled," one added.
a treasury of compelling stories and poems.
Includes The Resilient Heart , Babel: The Voices of a Medical Trauma and Confessions of a Seventy-Five-Year-Old Drug Addict. Foreword by Maureen Bisognano, President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
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