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Historical Fiction and the Practice of Medicine

With the publication of my historical fiction novel Isthmus, the second book in the Widow Walk saga, I am now scheduled to tour the book and present it at a number of gatherings.  Book readings are always interesting experiences.  Another physician-writer friend, Richard Selzer MD, once

Writing on Race and Medicine

Damon Tweedy, MD, JD is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. His first book, Black Man in a White Coat:

My Grandfather Was a Physician

The ends of the black and white picture are fraying like a newspaper held over a warm flame. It’s a photo of my grandfather in the early 1900s; he’s wearing a suit and tie with wide, round rims that encircle his inquisitive eyes. Thick eyebrows comfortably

Writing to Improve Patient Safety

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and also Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center. In April, he released his sixth book, The Digital

Writing, Behind the Mask

Kathryn A. (Kathy) Hughes, MD is a general surgeon and blogger who has spent the majority of her career in private practice in community hospitals. She blogs at Behind The Mask, where she shares experiences from her surgical career and life. She is a Fellow of

3 Lessons – Abraham Verghese’s Commencement Speech

Abraham Verghese is a physician of many talents. He teaches internal medicine at Stanford, he writes opinion pieces, and he has published two memoirs and one novel. Many know him for the celebrated 2009 novel Cutting For Stone, which reached the New York Times bestseller list. Verghese also has a unique

Majoring in Medicine, Minoring in Design

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is an emergency medicine physician and associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University. He teaches design thinking to medical students as a co-director of the design track at Jefferson’s medical school. This track, called “College within a College—Design,” launched this year with fifteen students.

The words that changed McAllen

There are some pieces of journalism that are so gut-wrenching that they can have immediate effects. The recent investigative series on the terrible conditions of nails salons that came out in the New York Times, for example, was so horrific that it caused the governor of New York to, within 3

Doctors Shouldn’t Feel Alone

Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur. She is the CEO and Founder of Medstro.com, an innovative social network for physicians. Dr. Joe founded Medstro and its sister site MedTech Boston (a site