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  • Cecelia is Crying

    It’s 3 AM. Only 3 hours left. It’s about time for one more cup of coffee. Suddenly the calmness of my overnight Pediatric shift is broken by the wailing of a crying baby. The family walks past me-looking exhausted, feet dragging, bewildered, holdi...

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  • The ER is Wide Open

    Emergency medicine became an easy choice for me once I learned how big emergency rooms could really be. The best example is my current shift. At this moment, I am writing an email from a satellite-enabled laptop in the Sahara Desert. Finally, I...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 3.53

    Thank you Kevin M.D. for including D.O. Sean Donohue's What If... post in the fourth anniversary of Grand Rounds.

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  • Stepping Back

    Since I will be contributing to this blog in the future I thought it might be useful to provide more of an introduction. I suspect my colleagues and fellow bloggers will do so shortly. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am a first year reside...

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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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  • 'Tis the Season - Preventing Colds and Flu

    Well, it’s that time of year again – time to begin thinking of the rapidly approaching holidays, of spending time with loved ones, and how to avoid one of the major risks that can put a damper on our celebrations – those nasty respiratory viruses ...

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  • The Trauma Center, 1.1

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Trauma Center, a blog carnival covering emergency medicine. I received an overwhelming number of submissions for our first time out and would like to thank everyone who sent in a submission. So without further...

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  • Plugging the Dike... Stopping that Nose Bleed

    Nose bleeds are common, especially in the cooler months of the year when we are relying on artificial heat sources to keep us warm… and dry out our mucus membranes! They’re also common in those who have a habit of “picking their nose” (common in c...

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  • Superman Sean

    I am using this title not only because I think Sean is one of my favorite and most impressive people to work with but also in an effort to instigate Sean into writing about his recent experience as a first responder to a trauma in downtown Palo Al...

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

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