Sneeze, and you miss it: the public’s love for health care workers. This relationship has felt like a true Coronacoaster. Pre-COVID: physicians were disparaged for the sins of insurers and hospital C-suites. COVID appears: I was gifted a yard full of signage announcing “Heroes Live Here.” COVID escalates: the World Health Organization is ...  defunded? We’re held in high suspicion, yet ...

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How I long for the good old days of mom-shaming. Back then, you could tsk-tsk over any number of maternal decisions: breastfeeding or bottle-feeding; having children out of wedlock or in wedlock with another woman; staying at home, or working full time. Nowadays, all that remains is: How she plans to educate her children this Fall. We vilify women planning pandemic e-learning, asking them, “What planet are you on,” “Don’t you have anything ...

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There comes a day in every woman’s life when she must wonder: Where on earth have everyone’s manners gone? This phase of life, I once believed, was the same phase when I would shout things like: “You kids get off my lawn!” “Oh, it’s just a touch of gout!” And so on. Is it my own grand-millennial style, wherein I scour vintage Etsy finds (and insist on living in a 100-year-old house), that awakens my ...

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Was everyone in medical school as young, innocent, and wildly stupid as we were? The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine required superlatives: most, best, fastest ... dumbest? Before each test, my friend Frank and I would scroll through our mental Rolodexes of "What are our other options?" (As opposed to being stuck inside with Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple.) I preferred the morbid: Eating so many McDonald's cheeseburgers, we gave ...

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There are medical honors so rare you don’t even know they exist. When you’re trudging through the slog of PBK/AOA/other — ultimately meaningless — letters, these seem to be the definition of distinction. Just like every other lesson, a patient taught me what real prestige is. Well, it wasn’t entirely that Oslerian, it was the patient’s nephew.* Carl paged me on an ordinary day — a fellow physician, he once saved my ...

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