"The parts of me that used to think I was different or smarter or whatever, almost made me die. " — David Foster Wallace in an interview by David Lipsky Recent physician-suicides and all those before were committed by people; people caught in an organization rigged against them  —  one that breeds new and exacerbates existing, mental health issues. Physicians are people. Doctors are people. They happen to be people who care, which makes ...

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“Dr. WHAT?!” she spat. “Gold … man. Gold, like the precious metal, and, y’know — a man.” This carefully crafted response was curated and vetted by countless returned pages, and it rarely failed to produce a chuckle. The patient was not amused, and she referred to me, instead, with a disdainful, “Rosenberg.” Every day I re-introduced myself, and every day — “Rosenberg.” This 36-year-old female admitted for road rash and multiple rib ...

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I leaned back against the wall, breathed into my palms and brushed beads of sweat from my forehead. I wondered if I wasn’t crying because I lacked the emotional capacity, was too exhausted to expend the energy or maybe simple dehydration. Sounds from the preceding hours played on repeat: congratulations on a clean dissection, a panicking anesthesiologist unable to ventilate, the sad songs of bradycardia and hypoxia playing on the ...

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