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  • One Stop Shop

    I went into emergency medicine because I wanted to be able to help any person and do it anywhere. The field offered a body of knowledge I could use to help any patient that might enter the emergency department. Of course, it did not take long to r...

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  • Too Many Chefs

    I am now in Los Angeles visiting my sister and her newly born daughter. Immediately after work I drove straight for San Jose and Southwest Airlines to see the first new member in our small family. The stark transition of my last two hours in the...

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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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  • Let pain be your guide

    As a resident, I am constantly learning.  And, I think, so are most of the attendings that help guide me.  Every so often there comes a case that is as startling as a splash of cold water.  The dangerous disease lurking behind the benign presentat...

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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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  • Another Late Night

    In the days following my last post I have worked successive night shifts. I even voluntarily switched into someone's night shift to keep my string together. Today is my first day off so I went to a party with my sister, a party that ended long a...

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  • Should I stop?

    Suddenly, traffic slows to a crawl just when you're late for an appointment. And then you see why -- up ahead there's a mangled mess of metal and plastic that used to be two automobiles. People are obviously hurt, and as you look around, you are h...

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  • Straight Talk Is Back and Changing!

    Hello friends! "Straight Talk from the ER" is, I am happy to say, back! And, I am excited about a new approach we are going to try! Over the last few months, it has become painfully clear to me that I just don't have time to "blog" on a consist...

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  • Haiti Update: Anatomy of a Day

    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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