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$2.99 E-book special for February

$2.99 E-book special for February

For the entire month of February, the digital version of "What Doctors Feel" is only $2.99 on all platforms. Less than a latte, and no saturated fats. Get yours now!

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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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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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Physician Suicide

Physician Suicide

Doctors have the highest suicide rates of any professional group. But losing two of our newest members within a week of each other is a painful reminder of the dangers…

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Adventures in ‘Prior Authorization’

Adventures in ‘Prior Authorization’

“Dear Doctor. We are writing to inform you that a prior authorization is required for the medication you prescribed.” That’s usually where I stop reading.

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The Physical Exam as Refuge

The Physical Exam as Refuge

There are few situations where we expect to disrobe and have our bodies touched by relative strangers.

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Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine often induces more confusion than clarity. It also means different things to different people.

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The Patient vs The Illness

The Patient vs The Illness

So often in medicine we make it sound like the patient is responsible for the clinical outcomes of their illness.

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History & Physical podcast series

History & Physical podcast series

Danielle Ofri discusses preserving empathy as a medical student, how she started writing, the role of narrative medicine, and the consequences of algorithmic medicine.

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Missing the Final Act

Missing the Final Act

Diseases, like dramas, have a natural progression. There are introductions, developments, climaxes, and dénouements.

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Incidental Illness

Incidental Illness

How, in the quiet world of outpatient medicine, does one know when a life is saved?

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Art and Medicine podcast

Art and Medicine podcast

Danielle talks about taking a gamble on Yiddish poets, surviving devastating medical error, offering literature on the eve of 9/11, uncovering hidden musicians in the hospital.

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