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  • Where Do We Go from Here?

    Frank is an uninsured patient. I have seen him 4 times in the past 12 months for his chronic psoriasis-an autoimmune disorder which causes a thickening and irritation of the skin. His feet and hands are thick gloves of matted, cracked, peeling ski...

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  • Part II: Where Do We Go from Here?

    ...I prescribed Frank a potent steroid cream to help with the inflammation, as well as a moisturizing cream, and wrote down strict instructions as to how to care for his diseased skin. We gave him a list of free clinics in the area where he could ...

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  • Haiti Update: Unlikely Survivors and Another Quake

    Editor's Note: Healthline blogger 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 limited, he has been sending updates to his mother via ...

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  • The Rustling Beneath The Sheets

    “Sean, you have a new patient in Room 8…and there is something moving under the sheets,” stated the Nurse. I noticed she looked quite pale. I paused…”Okaaaay…..did you say something moving beneath the sheets?” “Yes,” she replied. “Do you know what...

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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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  • On the Ground in Haiti: The First Day

    Editor's Note: Healthline blogger 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 limited, he has been sending updates to his mother via ...

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  • Last Night in the ER

    There is so much that I love about the practice of Emergency Medicine, and very little that I truly despise and would change if I could. Last night, however, I had one of the fortunately rare cases that causes me to ever-so-briefly stop and re-con...

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  • It's Not Just in the History Books!

    When most people hear the term “whooping cough,” they think of some historical disease that plagued settlers crossing the prairies in their covered wagons. Well, whooping cough, or, more correctly, pertussis, is “alive and well,” and making a come...

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  • Pandemonium

    "Fractals, fractals inside of fractals, and Asian doctors guarding the gates to eternity, little prisms, little prisms of gnomes, multicolored gnomes surrounding me, doctors with the keys, the key to eternity." I'll never forget those words that ...

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

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