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  • The Trauma Center, 1.1

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Trauma Center, a blog carnival covering emergency medicine. I received an overwhelming number of submissions for our first time out and would like to thank everyone who sent in a submission. So without further...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cecelia is Crying

    It’s 3 AM. Only 3 hours left. It’s about time for one more cup of coffee. Suddenly the calmness of my overnight Pediatric shift is broken by the wailing of a crying baby. The family walks past me-looking exhausted, feet dragging, bewildered, holdi...

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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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  • Leap of Faith

    “Oh my God!” I exclaimed to my wife as we neared the restaurant. A nice day out with the family, driving to lunch, abruptly changed by our gruesome discovery. Our route had been rather fortuitous: I missed one turn, made another wrong turn, got s...

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

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