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  • Get Busy Living

    I will never forget the elderly lady in room 9. At 90 years-old Mrs. S had been living 2 months from hell. She had come to the Emergency Department because she had fallen at home, and was unable to walk-her “hip was killing her.” The month prior s...

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  • A Little Background

    As I begin my journey with you via "Straight Talk from the ER", I thought it appropriate to tell you a little about my background so you'll know a bit about the experiences from whence I'll be speaking. I was raised on the east coast, educated in ...

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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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  • On the Ground in Haiti: The First Day

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

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