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Just a “Regular” Doctor

Just a “Regular” Doctor

“What’s your specialty?” This question continually flummoxes me. This is the moment that I experience a brief surge of envy toward my cardiology and dermatology colleagues who have simple one-word answers to this question that any lay person can understand.

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The Doctor-Patient Relationship is Alive and Well

The Doctor-Patient Relationship is Alive and Well

Medicine is unquestionably harder than it was 10 years ago. Many more doctors I know talk about quitting (an option that is not equally available to patients). However, there’s been…

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“What Doctors Feel” in Japanese

“What Doctors Feel” in Japanese

"What Doctors Feel" is now available in Japanese!

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Why Does the Physical Exam Stop at the Navel?

Why Does the Physical Exam Stop at the Navel?

It’s like our patients are Humpty Dumpty, and the pieces are divvied out between different medical fields. Can we put the patient back together again?

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Danielle at the Moth MainStage

Danielle at the Moth MainStage

Danielle performs live for the Moth at the Players' Theater in New York City. She tells the story of one of her very first patients.

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“Literature about medicine may be all that can save us”

“Literature about medicine may be all that can save us”

“Language, that most human invention,” wrote Oliver Sacks, “can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with…

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TEDx Beacon Street

TEDx Beacon Street

Danielle's TED talk, “When Doctors Face Fear:” a harrowing journey through the intricacies of fear.

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Documentary: Why Doctors Write

Documentary: Why Doctors Write

Ken Browne Productions is excited to launch the trailer for the film, "Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine." Danielle Ofri is filmed at Bellevue Hospital along with one of…

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Should Doctors Care About Happiness?

Should Doctors Care About Happiness?

We in the health care professions need to notice and inquire about happiness the same way we do other aspects of our patients’ lives.

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A Doctor in the Neighborhood

A Doctor in the Neighborhood

There aren’t any ethical guidelines about where a doctor should live or how she should behave when she and her patient are in line at the grocery store.

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Patients, and Doctors, Aren’t Dying at Home

Patients, and Doctors, Aren’t Dying at Home

Doctors, it turns out, aren’t much different than everyone else when it comes to where they die.

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Danielle’s TEDMED Talk

Danielle’s TEDMED Talk

"Deconstructing Perfection."

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The “Mall-ification” of Health Care

The “Mall-ification” of Health Care

Retail health clinics have exploded over the last 10 years, and now it seems like every other big box store, supermarket and shopping mall has its own clinic.

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Getting the Diagnosis Wrong

Getting the Diagnosis Wrong

Diagnostic accuracy is fiendishly difficult to measure precisely. A new report suggests that nearly everyone will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetimes.

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Getting the Diagnosis Right

Getting the Diagnosis Right

If I had the luxury of an hour with each patient, I would have the time to carefully sort through every diagnostic possibility. But the reality is that I, like…

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Adding Spice to the Slog: Humanities in Medical Training

Adding Spice to the Slog: Humanities in Medical Training

As soon as we’d finish rounds on the medical wards I’d race to pass out an Anatole Broyard essay in the nanoseconds before dispersal entropy overtook our team.

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The Pain Med Conundrum

The Pain Med Conundrum

Under-treating pain violates the basic ethical principles of medicine. On the other hand, we are lambasted for over-prescribing pain medications. What are doctors to do?

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Storytelling in Medicine: the Passion and the Peril

Storytelling in Medicine: the Passion and the Peril

So much of medicine is about stories—the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones we participate in—that it is no accident that doctors and nurses are attracted to…

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Interview about Technology and Medicine

Interview about Technology and Medicine

Danielle Ofri talks about how technology is mixing with medicine. Everything from electronic medical records to home fitness monitors to how emotions can dominate even the most advanced technology.

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Racing the Diabetes Marathon

Racing the Diabetes Marathon

Diabetes can feel relentless and obstinate. Is there a toenail or ribosome out there that is not suffused by the tenacious diabetic tentacles?

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Fear of Dying Alone

Fear of Dying Alone

What if a patient dies and nobody is there to mourn? Is it like a tree falling soundlessly in the forest?

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Access to care

Access to care

“Doctor, it’s taken so long to get this appointment with you.” This is the opening line of so many medical visits these days, and I find myself constantly apologizing to…

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Ethics of Money in Medicine

Ethics of Money in Medicine

Just because money is a reality in medicine, doesn’t mean that we have to blindly accept all the consequences. There is a code of ethics in medicine.

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My Patient Doesn’t “Do” Vaccines

My Patient Doesn’t “Do” Vaccines

When my patient told me that he doesn't "do" vaccines, I decided to try to understand his reasons,

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Should Med Schools Be Renamed for Donors?

Should Med Schools Be Renamed for Donors?

24 of the country’s 141 medical schools sport a donor’s name rather than the plain old university name. The pace is increasing, as are the number of eyebrows being raised.

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Board Recertification: A Waste of Time?

Board Recertification: A Waste of Time?

It used to be that you tackled the medical board exams just once after residency. Then you went into practice and never looked at a No. 2 pencil again.

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Radio Interview

Radio Interview

Danielle Ofri speaks about doctors, patients, and the emotions that flow between....

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Giving the Doctor a Second Chance

Giving the Doctor a Second Chance

“Someone had said you were a good doctor,” my patient said derisively, “but I was not impressed.” What had I done?

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Keeping Perspective on Ebola

Keeping Perspective on Ebola

Irrational fears are highly contagious, and there's no vaccine for that. So just like in the hospital, we need to use universal precautions. Be skeptical of hype. Get your facts…

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The Little Things

The Little Things

Although technically these are the little things, in a sense they’re actually the big things. Indeed, for some patients, the little thing may be the only thing that matters.

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