Monthly Archives: June 2010

Residency Regulators are Back!

Residency Regulators are Back!

How many hours can a doctor work? The residency regulators are back. About ten years ago, the national organization that accredits residency programs (ACGME) set out its first guidelines about how many hours a doctor-in-training can work. Interns and residents finally achieved the vaunted 80-hour workweek. (New York State was 15 years ahead on this,…

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A fascinating tapestry…

A fascinating tapestry…

“The threads of Danielle Ofri’s memoir, Medicine in Translation, come together in a fascinating tapestry, with shimmers of what it is to be a physician, a mother, a writer and musician, a person with opinions trying to open herself to a world full of differences. She writes well, and the stories she weaves here are…

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True Stories – “Medicine in Translation”

True Stories – “Medicine in Translation”

Review of “Medicine in Translation” by writer/blogger Elaine Zimbel. “In person Dr. Danielle Ofri is an impressive woman with a healthy respect for the doctor/patient relationship.  She was guest speaker at a McGill University seminar entitled “Singular Intimacies: literature as a bridge between doctor and patient”, a topic which particularly interested me since I had…

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The Pastor’s Son

The Pastor’s Son

There was a sharp rap at the apartment door. When Samuel Chuks Nwanko opened it, he saw a young man standing in the hallway wearing a stained denim jacket over a University of Nigeria T-shirt. The whites of his eyes were spidered with crimson streaks. He was probably a fellow university student, but not in…

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Why Don’t Patients Take Their Meds

Why Don’t Patients Take Their Meds

A good chunk of every medical visit is spent writing prescriptions. The computer has made it easier on the doctor, but it doesn’t seem to have much effect on the patient. A good chunk for these beautifully printed, fully legible prescriptions never make it to the drug store to be converted into actual pills.

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Jewish Book World review

Jewish Book World review

“Medicine in Translation” reviewed in Jewish Book World “Often lost in rancorous public debates is the impact proposed social changes will have on individuals. The health care reform bill recently passed by Congress is one such case. Billions of dollars may be saved and millions of people will have health insurance. But what can happen…

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