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Early Experiences with Death Informed a Physician’s Choices about Life

Jeffrey Swisher, M.D. - 3/28/2021 - 0

Early experiences with death, including the failure to revive a drowned fisherman, spurred a young man to become a doctor.

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Pediatric Airway Emergency! An Anesthesiologist’s Life, a Father’s Nightmare

Jeffrey Swisher, M.D. - 3/20/2021 - 1

The orderly progression of cases in the OR is interrupted when an l-year-old is rushed in, mottled and limp, from a pediatric airway emergency

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An Anesthesiologist Learns the ‘Facts’ about Epidurals in Childbirth Class

Jeffrey Swisher, M.D. - 3/14/2021 - 2

An anesthesiologist loses it when his childbirth class instructor provides misinformation about epidurals

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Perchance to Dream: Suicidal Teen Shapes a Doctor’s Perceptions of Despair

Jeffrey Swisher, M.D. - 3/5/2021 - 2

Recollections of caring for a suicidal teen with a devastating self-inflicted gunshot wound leads a physician to reflect on his own life.

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A Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Didn’t Stop Me Imagining an Awesome Future

Chelsea Gelbart - 2/20/2021 - 1

Determination & continuous glucose monitoring helped Chelsea keep on climbing mountains & dreaming big long after a type 1 diabetes diagnosis

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The Healing Power of Music in a Physician’s Life

Adam Rock Kendall, MD, MPH - 2/19/2021 - 2

Playing music is a ritual in my family. But it wasn’t until I became a physician that I understood that it could also console and bring hope.

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A Brief But Powerful History of the Colors Purple and Blue

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 2/9/2021 - 1

The colors purple and blue have a long and complex history that touches on social privilege, experimentation, cell biology, and more.

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