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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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  • If a Tree Fell in a Forest...

    Mrs. B fell at her home 5 days ago. She was brought into the Emergency Department after a neighbor found her lying on the kitchen floor - she had failed to show for church bingo the night earlier - she had not missed that in 9 years! The paramedic...

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  • Breaking Falls

    This month it is my job to cover orthopedic injuries at the San Francisco General Hospital. Some of the stories are extraordinary and interesting like the bullet lodged in a femur that required a 3 hour operation for extraction or a police chase w...

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  • Beyond Recognition

    She came to the Emergency Department, burned beyond recognition. She arrived in complete anonymity, and that is how she remains. I had just finished seeing a patient one early morning, when I heard the Paramedics enter the Emergency Room. I smelle...

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  • Introduction to Sean Donahue, DO

    I am a 33 year old Colorado Native currently pursuing my second Residency in Emergency Medicine at the Stanford/Kaiser Program in Palo Alto, California. My journey through medicine has been long, varied, and filled with fortuitous events which ine...

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  • Attack of the Zebras

    An 80 year old mentor, and Physician once told me, “being a good doctor is not understanding the typical presentation of uncommon disease, but rather the atypical presentation of common disease.” I have tried to keep these words close as I have j...

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  • Update from Haiti: Provide Help to the Fullest

    January 27, 2010As a member of the Armed Services, I am very proud of our humanitarian effort in Haiti. Not only did I arrive in Haiti with the permission of my commanders at the 173rd Fighter Wing, I also worked with the 82nd Airborne and the U.S...

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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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  • Why?

    “We should have known he was dying,” my Attending said to me with a somber look on her face. “These young guys always fight you when they are getting ready to die,” and that’s exactly what Rodney did-he fought us. One minute the picture of perfect...

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

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