I have also made other, perhaps less broad and less grand, attempts at explicating the practice of medicine. My first post explained why I decided to blog and the awkward place of medical students within the medical field. This piece discussed the potent smells of the hospital — they are unavoidable and yet we adjust to them. Stepping into the ED for the very first time, I explained how a trauma code works and the horrors that trauma patients face. The kidney-failure patient also faces difficulties, but they are of a chronic nature due to dialysis, a miracle of modern science with its own drawbacks.
I compared George Orwell’s experiences in a French hospital in the early twentieth century to my own experiences in a hospital in the early twenty-first; yes, there are major differences, but there are also similarities. This is a pragmatic post on how we ought to think about scientific studies and evidence-based medicine. I have written about depression and schizophrenia. And, in a more recent post that would have pleased me greatly as a younger reader, I wrote about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s eponymous detective, Sherlock Holmes — it turns out his methods are relevant to physicians today.
Over the next year I hope to continue to write about the big questions and bring up others in relation to what I see and do. I also have a few bigger writing projects in the works, which I will mention here on the blog. If you have suggestions or comments, please feel free to send them my way. My e-mail address and Twitter handle can be found at the right.