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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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My Doctor Diagnosed Me With Thin White Female Syndrome

Samantha Kass, M.D. - 11/29/2020 - 23

A medical student who developed anxiety related to major transitions in her life was diagnosed with Thin White Female Syndrome and given Ativan

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A Mother’s Howl: A Medical Student’s Lesson On Giving Bad News

Elizabeth Glowacki - 11/1/2020 - 0

The heartbreaking sound of a mother’s howl helped a medical student appreciate the huge responsibility of giving bad news about a loved one.

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Screening Colonoscopy: Shopping Around Saved Me $6,820

Stephen Wachter - 10/24/2020 - 2

After learning a screening colonoscopy would cost him $8500, the (uninsured) author of this story shopped around and ended up saving $6820!

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Seizing Permission to Live Life on Your Own Terms

Loren A. Olson, MD - 10/21/2020 - 0

Many people seek the approval of others at the expense of their own self-esteem. Here’s how to seize permission to live life on your terms.

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Emotional Abuse Made Me Feel Like I Was Crazy

Allie Johnson - 10/11/2020 - 1

My boyfriend told me I was crazy and I believed him. I later learned that emotional abuse is part of the cycle of abuse.

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