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  • The Next Step

    My wife recently asked me “How do you deal with death on a daily basis?” I tried to answer this question as best as I could, but ended up stumbling over my thoughts. I wanted to convey my feelings about the personal effect death can have on anyone...

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  • Taming The Jealous Mistress

    “Medicine can be like a jealous mistress if you are not careful Sean….” These words were spoken to me 10 years ago by a much older, and at the time, possibly wiser Orthopedic Surgeon. The man was in the waning days of his career, and at 65 years ...

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  • Saving Lives

    I knew it was going to be a long night. It had to be. The blood still poured from his ear. I had been working nights in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), and our new trauma patient had just come to the floor. As I sat with Patrick watching ...

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  • What's Your ER Experience?

    My name is Anil Menon, and I am a first year resident in the Stanford-Kaiser emergency medicine program; however, this winter I found myself playing the role of the patient, which was less than stellar but eye opening at the same time. This experi...

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  • Leap of Faith

    “Oh my God!” I exclaimed to my wife as we neared the restaurant. A nice day out with the family, driving to lunch, abruptly changed by our gruesome discovery. Our route had been rather fortuitous: I missed one turn, made another wrong turn, got s...

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  • Get Busy Living

    I will never forget the elderly lady in room 9. At 90 years-old Mrs. S had been living 2 months from hell. She had come to the Emergency Department because she had fallen at home, and was unable to walk-her “hip was killing her.” The month prior s...

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  • A Silent Winter Killer

    We’re having a bit of a cold snap here in northern California right now, and I have a string of shifts in the ER coming up over the next several days. So, I have “raised my antennae” for that common, silent killer of the season – carbon monoxide....

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  • A Little Background

    As I begin my journey with you via "Straight Talk from the ER", I thought it appropriate to tell you a little about my background so you'll know a bit about the experiences from whence I'll be speaking. I was raised on the east coast, educated in ...

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

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