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  • Blisters and More

    Day Two from www.racingtheplanet.com and I'm still practicing emergency medicine. Today's topic is the subungual hematoma. Another way to describe that is a bruise under the toenail. You might not have seen it if you haven't dropped a rock on your...

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  • Music to the ER

    Stravinsky composed the Rite of Spring with innovative asynchronus chords to the appreciation of many fans. Without nearly the same fan base, the emergency department plays a mash-up of Stravinsky records scratched by DJ Qbert. In room one there...

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  • Another Ordinary Day

    “Doc this thing is stuck in my finger!” I was in the last hour of a 12 hour shift at Stanford University Hospital. Exhausted, I was hoping for a nice easy sliver, or laceration. As I looked down at Mr. J’s finger, I was shocked at what I saw: an E...

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  • A Stroke of Luck

    Last night, John was enjoying dinner with his wife. Suddenly he dropped his fork, a pain seared through his head. His right arm went limp, he tried to talk, but only incomprehensible slurs emerged. John at just 55 years old had suffered a massive,...

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  • Beyond Recognition

    She came to the Emergency Department, burned beyond recognition. She arrived in complete anonymity, and that is how she remains. I had just finished seeing a patient one early morning, when I heard the Paramedics enter the Emergency Room. I smelle...

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  • Introduction to Sean Donahue, DO

    I am a 33 year old Colorado Native currently pursuing my second Residency in Emergency Medicine at the Stanford/Kaiser Program in Palo Alto, California. My journey through medicine has been long, varied, and filled with fortuitous events which ine...

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  • Attack of the Zebras

    An 80 year old mentor, and Physician once told me, “being a good doctor is not understanding the typical presentation of uncommon disease, but rather the atypical presentation of common disease.” I have tried to keep these words close as I have j...

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  • Update from Haiti: Provide Help to the Fullest

    January 27, 2010As a member of the Armed Services, I am very proud of our humanitarian effort in Haiti. Not only did I arrive in Haiti with the permission of my commanders at the 173rd Fighter Wing, I also worked with the 82nd Airborne and the U.S...

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  • Pain

    Not surprisingly pain is a major force driving ED visits. It is also our guide to diagnosis as physicians. As we chase down a description of the pain through our questions we follow paths and causes as varied as bruises, kidney stones, heart att...

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  • Haiti Update: The More They Remain the Same...

    Editor's Note: Healthline blogger and Stanford University emergency medicine instructor Dr. Anil Menon is in Haiti to help with the global effort to provide medical care in the wake of the January 12 earthquake. Because communication outlets are l...

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The Stanford Emergency Room is the center of emergency care at Stanford University.

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