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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blisters and More

    Day Two from www.racingtheplanet.com and I'm still practicing emergency medicine. Today's topic is the subungual hematoma. Another way to describe that is a bruise under the toenail. You might not have seen it if you haven't dropped a rock on your...

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  • Music to the ER

    Stravinsky composed the Rite of Spring with innovative asynchronus chords to the appreciation of many fans. Without nearly the same fan base, the emergency department plays a mash-up of Stravinsky records scratched by DJ Qbert. In room one there...

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

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