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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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  • 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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  • Who's Trauma is it Anyway?

    My last day as a resident at the Stanford emergency department fell on a Friday night. With only a few hours to go before the 7 am change of shift and I began slowing down. In a matter of seconds that tiredness snapped away as I listened to the ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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