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Free Books

Free Books

“But that’s one of my favorite books! Why would anyone ban it?” This morning, my kids and I ran through a list of children’s books that are currently banned by school districts and libraries across America. As we read the titles, much incredulity, outrage, and 

I’ll take my steak rare, please

I’ll take my steak rare, please

This “what to eat when you’re expecting” post was originally published in May 2011, when I was pregnant with my daughter and craving bloody meat. Being the medical geek that I am, I researched the subject enough to justify all that roast beef, and wrote 

“..buy an oximeter, and good luck.”

“..buy an oximeter, and good luck.”

I know that everyone is as sick of hearing about COVID as I am of writing about it (and I gave up on regular COVID posts sometime last year). That’s one reason I strongly endorse stellar physician and storytelling champ Robin Schoenthaler’s high-quality and impactful 

Moving on

Moving on

My post on leaving academic clinical medicine was picked up by MedPageToday’s popular KevinMD blog and published on Christmas Day, where it’s been shared almost 1000 times. The main idea of the piece is: “…this is not burnout. It’s self-respect,” and it’s received almost 500 

#HealthcareHeroes Rock– But We Shouldn’t Need Them

#HealthcareHeroes Rock– But We Shouldn’t Need Them

It’s Christmas Eve 2021, and our COVID numbers are nasty: This is happening all over the country. It’s another surge, worse than the last few surges, and healthcare workers operating on the front lines are beyond tired. They’re exhausted, and my heart goes out to 

Walk the Walk

Walk the Walk

Sorry to open this post with a view of my dog’s butt, but this is my visual multiple times a day, since I’ve been mostly working from home. (Good thing it’s a cute fuzzy butt.) Now more than at any other time in my life, 

Reality and the Toilet Seat, Revisited

Reality and the Toilet Seat, Revisited

Originally published in April 2011, this practical post featuring a real patient encounter that took place in our clinic bathroom (and the scientific questions raised by that whole humorous situation) has been viewed many thousands of times.* In the ten years since, the evidence and 

Self Reflection, Self-Respect

Self Reflection, Self-Respect

“Mom, every time I look in the mirror, I see something different. Sometimes it’s good and I feel good about myself, but, sometimes it’s not.” It was well after dinner, and my nine-year-old daughter was perched on the kitchen counter nibbling on apple slices while 

Near miss

Near miss

It’s the kind of thing that can happen to anyone, and when it happens to you, you have to tell someone. I was driving my daughter home from a classmate’s birthday party this Saturday afternoon, just me and her in our beat-up going-on-ten-year-old grey minivan. 

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to be good.

I’ve long considered having these classic, profound opening words of Mary Oliver’s most famous poem tattooed on my body somewhere. Since I quit clinical medicine a month ago, I’m at that stage where I’m researching tattoo parlors. It was just this morning, a late October