Tag: medicine

  • In Memoriam

    There are many reasons why I love medicine.  One of them is the ability to dig into the real “stuff” of human existence: life, death, suffering, love, pain, loss, redemption.  Another is the speed by which I can get down and dirty.  In less than fifteen minutes, I can go from being a complete stranger to…

  • Healing By Intention

    To heal by tertiary intention is to leave the wound open on purpose; you see it most often in the gritty sort of traumas that leave large chunks of dirt and debris behind, embedded in the still-injured tissue.  People often wonder why this is done, as it is natural within our impulsive nature to cover…

  • Leave It There

    “I thought I could beat the ICU, you know?”  My resident looked into the distance abstractly as he spoke, talking more to himself than to me.  “Sometimes you think you won’t let it get you down, but you can’t.  It always wins.” I wondered what he meant by winning.  Did he mean getting to leave…