The Two Kinds Of Belief

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“I don’t want to give them up,” my patient told me.

“Why not?” I asked.

“I’ve been reading some articles on the Internet that say they might cure me.”

Tragically, he was referring to vitamin supplements, which he’d somehow come to believe would cure him of Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer.


Managing Chronic Pain

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I have a small cohort of patients who suffer chronic pain so intense and unremitting it prevents them from living normally. They often don’t work, shop, go to restaurants or movies, leave their homes or sometimes even their beds except to visit doctors, or have meaningful relationships outside their immediate family, who […]

The Anatomy Of A Doctor Visit

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Working as I do in an academic medical center, I’m frequently called upon to teach medical students. I do most of my teaching now with the third-year medical students when they rotate through our outpatient clinic. Usually, I’ll send them into an exam room on their own to see my […]

Personality vs. Character

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I once conducted a job interview with someone I found to be passionate, energetic, intelligent, engaging, and prepared. As I asked her questions designed to produce an accurate picture of her potential future performance, I remained acutely attuned to my emotional reactions to her demeanor, trying to listen to what my […]