No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne

The Same Humankind

Abraham Verghese on Paracelsus and Humanity

“This is a quote that hangs in my bedroom. It is by Paracelsus, a very interesting person. His full name was Wilhelm Paracelsus Bombastus. In fact, the word ‘bombastic’ comes from Paracelsus. He was a larger-than-life character, and he thought that no one else, including Celsus, knew what was going on. “Incredibly, he was also very focused on the patient/physician relationship in a way that…

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Today we celebrated the lives of the Pals family. You can learn more about them and their vision at Jamison Pals’s blog, For the Joy of Japan, and the Pals Family Foundation.

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This Stitch


“This stitch will either 1) do nothing, 2) improve the situation, or 3) make it worse. Let’s find out.” #heardintheOR

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The Perils of Dating In Medicine

Why I'm Single?


”Looking forward to meeting you tonight! I hope you’re having a great day!.”


 “I’m done at work – I’m going to go home and change. 8:30 at [redacted] still work for you?”


 “Ya, that will work perfect.”


 “I am so so so sorry – I just heard from the ER and I might have to do surgery on somebody. I’m going to the ER right now. I’d hate for you to get to [redacted] and wait. This is not me blowing you off, though I know it probably sounds like it. Any chance we could try for tomorrow?”


“It’s no big deal… BTW if you ever did want to blow someone off, you literally have the best excuse.”

And the worst part is:

I had emergency cases two nights in a row and had to cancel plans twice with the same guy, before leaving town for a week.

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Knife with Peach "I have found that meditation at the edge of the knife makes everything seem better." Ruth Reichl, Garlic and Sapphires (she refers to cooking, but I think it applies to surgery also)

A Tale of Two Surgeons

creating the patient-surgeon partnership

Like many doctors, I rarely spend time as a patient. I need frequent reminders about the vast difference between wearing the gown and donning the white coat. I recently spoke with a friend in her mid 40s who scheduled a breast reduction. She has wanted a reduction for the last 20 years, and finally reached a place in life when it was time. Her breast…

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Au Revoir

back to real life

I’m sad to leave my family and the island! Back to work on Monday, with a day to settle in between.

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Let’s Visit a Friend!

(Guest Post Today)

I just wrote my first guest post over on! Check it out and let me know what you think! You can also follow my friend Sassy on Twitter for lots of brilliant humor: @mcsassymd

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