Medicine should never be about accepting the status quo
It was the boy who was unable to speak who ended up teaching me the most.
I was seeing patients in the epilepsy clinic during my neurology rotation. The attending physician with whom I was working, an internationally renowned pediatric epilepsy specialist with a penchant for attracting exceedingly complex cases, wanted me to observe the end of a patient session with one of the child neurology fellows.
I entered the patient’s room …