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ne plus ultra / plus ultra

The phrase ne plus ultra (latin, literally – no more beyond, in common usage – the epitome, the finest example, the ultimate) was first immortalized on the medieval Spanish coat of arms. The Spaniards believed that they sat at the edge of … Continue reading

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The days are long, but the years are short.

At the beginning of this year, a very wise individual gave me the following advice: “The days are long, but the years are short.” As for the days being long, I couldn’t agree more. As a surgical intern, my job … Continue reading

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In the event that you haven’t seen …

And, here’s a little JDS for you, easily translatable to surgery (one of my favorite blog posts of all time, particularly when I start to feel a bit lost): You won’t be asked if you were working on a wonderful, … Continue reading

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Required Reading for Surgery Clerks

Atul Gawande on the evolution of surgery over the last 200 years. Contains the answer to many of the historical questions you will encounter in General Surgery …and a fantastic money quote: Liston operated so fast that he once accidentally … Continue reading

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Hot Off The Presses

In a paper epubbed in Nature Medicine this week, researchers at Stanford showed a new technique for tagging glios using nanoparticles. Glios (glioblastoma multiforme) are the Darth Vader of brain tumors. Originating in glial cells which form the crucial supporting … Continue reading

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Wonder

“…face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder…” – F. Scott Fitzgerald My patient today stood, riveted, steaming up the window with each breath as I tried to get him to … Continue reading

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The 99%

It was my last night on the trauma service at University Hospital. We had just seen a patient in the pediatric emergency department with a dog bite and were slowly meandering back to the main emergency department when my intern’s … Continue reading

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