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The Gory, Gruesome and Grisly History of Surgery

British surgeon James Young Simpson summed up a 19th-century patient’s chances of survival in one pithy and pitiful statement: “A man laid on the operating table in one of our surgical hospitals is exposed to more chance of death than was the English soldier on the field of Waterloo.” And he was right. Until the…
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Physicians Ponder Telehealth’s Post-Pandemic Future

Last spring, doctors’ offices across the country were eerily quiet. Almost overnight, patients stopped coming in as COVID-19, and the fear that the novel coronavirus begat, spread through communities across the country.   Healthcare providers quickly adapted. “We were able to pivot to using telemedicine as another mode in terms of connecting with patients,” recalls physician…
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After-Shift Chill Playlist for the Busy Doctor

One of the most difficult challenges of a demanding profession, especially one that requires long hours of intense concentration, is being able to leave work behind after a shift. However, downtime is crucial to better managing stress and avoiding burnout. Creating a time of transition, when you get home and before diving into any of…
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The Orthopedic Surgeon Campaigning for COVID-19 Jabs

Because of his status as a healthcare worker, Steven Arsht, an orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, was the first in his family to get a COVID-19 vaccine. As he moved forward in line in January, he found himself thinking of his brother-in-law, Louis Sarrel, who died of the disease…
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Practice What You Preach: Strengthening Basics for the Fit Doctor

Spring is around the corner, and with warmer temperatures many physicians are eyeing new training regimens. Before you hit the pavement or get on that bike, it’s best to build a good strength base first. Not only does a stronger body help maximize the value of your new program, it also aids in avoiding the…
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Kitchen on Call: Jazz Skillet Chicken for the Busy Doctor

Life for medical professionals is stressful during the best of times. This past year — yes, it has been almost one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began — has been exponentially more so. Despite the extra demands placed on everyone, finding time to wind down, relax and recharge and maintaining a healthy, thoughtful approach to…
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Valentine’s Day Playlist for the Busy Doctor

Like so many holidays and special occasions over the past 11 months, this year’s Valentine’s Day will be different than those pre-pandemic. But that doesn’t mean the holiday that observes love has to be neglected, especially for those working the front lines for so long. Though it’s often celebrated by dining out at a special…
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A COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Rarely Talked About: Fear of Needles

For months, I knew the vaccines were coming. I thought I was ready. Turns out, I wasn’t. First came the images of doctors and nurses getting their vaccinations. Then the shot of former Vice President Pence, with the sleeves of his gray button-down shirt rolled up for a gloved caregiver to inoculate him. Three days…
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Female Doctors Are Especially Vulnerable to Online Harassment

Social media can be a toxic jungle for many people, but new research shows that it’s especially bad for women physicians. They are twice as likely as male doctors to be sexually harassed on the internet and are often subject to other online abuse, including personal attacks, coordinated harassment and barrages of negative reviews. Doxing…
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Orthopedic Surgery Playlists for the Busy Doctor

For me, there’s one simple truth in life: Music makes life better. Whether it’s music to chill, energize, get your feet moving or your hips shaking or to help you focus, as a lifelong musician, it is impossible — and scary, actually — to imagine life without music. I listen to music while pretty much…
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The “Fauci Effect” May Boost a Hard-Pressed Specialty in Medicine

In the pandemic year of 2020, applications to medical schools in the United States surged by an average of 18%, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. At a few med schools, applications were up by 20%, 30% and more. Observers were quick to anoint this trend as the pandemic effect or, more precisely,…
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Private Practitioners Left Out of COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts, Despite High Risk

When COVID-19 vaccines became available for physicians in December 2020, Howard Green, a Florida dermatologist in his early 60s, waited to hear about his vaccination appointment from a Tenet Healthcare hospital he’s affiliated with. But the call never came. Green wasn’t placed on the high-priority list, despite performing Mohs surgeries, which involve removing microscopic skin…
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The Man Who Saved the World With Vaccines

In the spring of 1957, American microbiologist Maurice Hilleman read an article in The New York Times that left him greatly alarmed. “It said that there were all these children taken into dispensaries in Hong Kong, twenty thousand people lined up,” he said, describing the hospital scene in China in an interview years later. “My…
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Kitchen on Call: Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry for the Busy Doctor

One thing I learned as a single dad raising twin daughters, while working full-time as a marketing executive, was that dinnertime meals had to be quick, healthy and come with lunch-ready leftovers. And the easiest, best way I found to make those meals was making use of a carbon steel wok. While you can certainly…
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Doctors Are ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ About 2021

Last year was “brutal, exhilarating, terrifying, awesome, and ultimately grueling” for Jonathan Golob, assistant professor of infectious disease at the University of Michigan. Around Easter, he volunteered to be part of a team handling surge capacity for the hospital’s respiratory intensive care cases, as doctors were still learning how to care for patients and effectively…
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