More "In Practice" columns
June 7, 2010
The doctor-patient relationship is moving online. With 68% of American adults now using the Internet to search for healthcare information, it's no surprise that many also want digital access to their doctor. Whether they have that option will depend heavily on doctors' ability to get paid for the service.
March 29, 2010
"Sorry I couldn't be there today. Some questions re: Dad."
March 1, 2010
I never actually intended to harm anyone. Honestly. In fact, I think the waiter is to blame.
February 15, 2010
Yuzuro Yamamoto (not his real name) was a quiet Japanese man who knew only a handful of words in English, despite 30 years in America. He was a sturdy manual laborer, but over the last three weeks had been feeling weak.
December 21, 2009
One look at Ani's swollen ankles and we knew she was in trouble.
September 15, 2008
SOMETIMES MY work as a doctor feels like a regular three-ring circus. Three rings under the big top, each with something compelling going on.
March 31, 2008
Mr. L. greeted me with a strong handshake. He seemed like a very fit fellow, particularly for a 90-year-old. His nephew and nephew's wife accompanied him to the consultation.
March 17, 2008
I'm staring at a brand new pet: my lucky turtle. He's sitting on my desk right next to my computer monitor, smiling at me, cheerful and friendly. He's low maintenance, my turtle -- just a little silver charm, a trinket. He was given to me by the daughter of a patient who came to see me recently.
January 21, 2008
This is the story of a dog-ophobe, a dog-ophile and the parasite that brought them together. The dog-ophobe (for want of a better word) is a patient. The dog-ophile is her doctor -- me.
October 22, 2007
IT'S after midnight, and I've finished my moonlighting shift in the ER. It's quiet outside, a little too quiet. Where is that white noise when you need it?
September 17, 2007
HOWARD (name changed), an impeccably dressed 83-year-old, first came to my office at the end of a typically busy afternoon.
July 30, 2007
Two years ago, after returning from an Alaskan cruise, Jean, a widow in her mid-70s, mentioned a disturbing new health problem: During the trip, she had started having severe episodes of neck pain. Although I was not her doctor, I put on my physician hat and asked a few questions.
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