Category: Community Life

  • That Unique Desolation

    That Unique Desolation

    This post has been dormant since March 29, 2016, but its title and its content have persistently been on my mind since.  The other day at some social gathering someone asked me what my hobbies were and, after thinking for a moment, said that it was studying firearm violence.  They laughed awkwardly and so did…

  • In Memoriam

    Dwight and I sat in his small apartment and talked about our memories from Pine Street, the neighborhood we had first become friends and neighbors.  He was grinning in a mischievous way and I knew something good was coming.  “When I first met you, you were juggling outside, and I thought,” he paused to actually chuckle, “Wow,…

  • Protected: The Resurrection

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  • Dead Bodies and Lamentations

    What do you do with a dead body in the room? My first dead patient arrived that way.  He was half naked, pupils blown, head bashed in from a car accident in which he was thrown through the windshield.  It was my first week on the wards as a medical student and though I had been…

  • Trauma: What Freud Learned About Rape

    In medical school we glossed over Freud because psychoanalysis had largely become outdated.  Popular culture has turned his method into a mockery; we chuckle to think of the bearded psychiatrist listening intently to some dude reclining on a sofa talking at length about the hidden sexual meaning underlying his bedwetting dreams.  In the new era of cognitive behavioral therapy and evidence…

  • A Good Question