Posts Tagged ‘Andy Dworkin’

Hold on just a minute

In the breast pocket of my white coat, I carry the beat-up business card that a patient gave me. Every month or two, when I bend over, the card falls out and I remember one of the most remarkable conversations of medical school: Me: “What do you do for a living?” Him: “I’m a ninja.” He was not joking. I was not in the psych ward. It turned out Mr. P was a martial arts … Read More


The man had a tumor in one lung. A big one, apparently. Large enough to pull his gullet and Adam’s apple visibly to the left. I wait my turn with other medical students walking the wards, put my stethoscope to his back and hear…nothing. Other side, other lung. Nothing. Back and forth, again. Not a damn thing. Again. Frustrated, I move aside so others can get their turn. The pulmonologist teaching us asks if we’d … Read More



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