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  • My Journey to Haiti

    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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  • Introducing Claire

    Hi, my name is Claire and I am finishing my first year as a resident in Emergency Medicine at Stanford. I am excited about this opportunity to share my experiences as a physician, and to share my experiences with my patients.It was after graduatin...

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  • Another Ordinary Day

    “Doc this thing is stuck in my finger!” I was in the last hour of a 12 hour shift at Stanford University Hospital. Exhausted, I was hoping for a nice easy sliver, or laceration. As I looked down at Mr. J’s finger, I was shocked at what I saw: an E...

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  • A Stroke of Luck

    Last night, John was enjoying dinner with his wife. Suddenly he dropped his fork, a pain seared through his head. His right arm went limp, he tried to talk, but only incomprehensible slurs emerged. John at just 55 years old had suffered a massive,...

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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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  • 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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