Tag: New York

  • On brain death and the Jahi McMath story

    The recent and unfolding tragedy of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl who died following complications of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, has focused many people on the question of brain death. Although I have no more details about this case than anyone else reading the news, I am quite familiar with the sort of things that happened…

  • How are doctors trained anyway? (Part 3: resident life)

    In spite of all its scientific underpinnings, medicine is not really a science; rather, it is an art guided by science. Medical students spend long hours learning about the science of the body, but they really do not become doctors until they have learned the art at the bedside from experienced clinicians. Medical practice is…

  • How are doctors trained, anyway? (Part 3 — the training culture)

    In spite of all its scientific underpinnings, medicine is not really a science; rather, it is an art guided by science. Medical students spend long hours learning about the science of the body, but they really do not become doctors until they have learned the art at the bedside from experienced clinicians. Medical practice is…