An excerpt from The Devil You Know. “Dr. McGill!” I look up and see seventy-one-year-old Herman Katz hurrying across the waiting room with outstretched arms. Herman Katz is the bane of my existence. During my short stint at the VA, I have had him in my examining room ...

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You can't pick your parents, and you can't pick the side of your brain that you damage. I always thought that injuries to the left side of the brain would be the worst, because that's where the language centers generally are. And talking is basically all I do. But after seeing uncountable numbers of strokes and brain injuries, I've changed my mind. Right brain injuries are worse. The right side of the ...

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An excerpt from 11 out of 10: A Collection of Humorous Medical Short Stories. When I was 16, I got a job as a “standardized patient." My neighbor worked for a medical school, and they needed standardized patients for their medical students to practice talking to. Because apparently you can ...

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An excerpt form Baby City: An Inside Look into Labor & Delivery. I am going to make this medical student cry. I don’t know how I know it, but somehow I can sense it. I know it the second she walks into the resident room on labor and delivery at Cadence ...

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An excerpt from Suicide Med. “I wish I had become a ballet dancer instead.” I use the back of my forearm to swipe at strands of dark hair that have come loose from the tight bun at the back of my head. The attempt fails and the escaped locks fall back ...

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An excerpt from The Devil Wears Scrubs. They say every physician has a graveyard. Mine may eventually contain Dr. Alyssa Morgan. Watch out, Alyssa. Sometime in July Time: 3 a.m. Hours awake: 21 Chance of quitting: 75% This patient is the fattest man I’ve ever seen in my life. His name is George Leeman and he’s got fat ...

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