Monthly Archives: November 2010

Neuron Overload

Neuron Overload

Sometimes it feels as though my brain is juggling so many competing details, that one stray request from a patient—even one that is quite relevant—might send the delicately balanced three-ring circus tumbling down. One day, I tried to work out how many details a doctor needs to keep spinning in her head in order to…

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Voice Mail: Blessing and Curse

Voice Mail: Blessing and Curse

9 a.m.: "Doctora, it's Señora H. I'm at the walk-in clinic, but they say I will get whichever doctor is available. I'd rather see you." 10 a.m.: "Doctora, por favor, call me." 11 a.m.: "It's Señora H. I don't want to wait at walk-in." Noon: "I don't want to see another doctor. Only you. Call…

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Miscommunication

Miscommunication

The sun was already setting on Thursday when Diallo Amadou called me. “I not feeling well,” he said. “I need to see you, Dr. Ofri.” I already had one foot out of the clinic door, and I knew that Mr. Amadou lived 45 minutes away. The whine in his voice was apparent even through his…

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Swine Flu and You

Swine Flu and You

The only preventative medicine that actually prevents disease are vaccinations. Our world is an immeasurably better place since the advent of vaccines. Yet there is a complicated psychology that hovers like a fog around the idea of vaccination.

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Drowning in a Sea of Health Complaints

Drowning in a Sea of Health Complaints

The patient was a classic “worried-well” type of patient. When she unfolded a sheet of paper with a brisk snap, my heart sank as I saw 30 lines of hand-printed concerns.

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