Stop yelling at me

Imagine you just got a new job, you will be a doctor working in the emergency department.  You have never worked in an emergency department before so you are a little bit nervous but you know that those more experienced than you will guide you and teach you.  It’s now 3 weeks into your new job, things are going

To die or not to die

Anyone who wishes for death will wish for one that is quick and painless.  What about those who are doomed to die a long and painful death?  I have watched this process; it can go for hours, days, weeks or months.  It is painful, it is long, and it is devastating.  I once watched a 49 year old man

Take this pill or don’t get paid

The new method aimed at preventing children being born into welfare dependent families has emerged.  The proposal is this: take the Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) or don’t get paid.  Welfare systems these days can be so good that they allow people to have children for a living at the cost of the tax payer, those of us who endure

Medical Marijuana

This is one that has been a controversial issue in recent times.  But why?  We take all kinds of drugs to better our health, what is so controversial about using marijuana to treat or manage our health ailments? Marijuana comes from a plant called Cannabis sativa and THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s effects.

What’s up with my dangly bit Doc?

The arduous task of being a medical student often included examinations on a ‘pretend’ patient performed in front of an audience for maximum humiliation effect.  When performing such examinations, medical students must state out loud their findings, both positive and negative.  This formidable task often meant stating all the signs the patient did not have as well as the

Get out of my Emergency Department

It is not uncommon to hear about the abuse of doctors and nurses in emergency departments around the world.  You have a group of professionals whose primary role is to help people and they are subjected to both verbal and physical abuse. In my time working in emergency departments I encountered this type of abuse.  This did not only