Never underestimate the value of companionship and support, because it helps those whom you least expect. For three of my four years that I spent at Western in undergrad, I had the pleasure of becoming involved with the Alzheimer’s Society of London. My interest in the club was mainly due to the fact that I
Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital is a rural hospital in Tanzania about 45 minutes outside the city of Arusha. For one of our medical observerships, the MedOutreach 2011 team stayed on the hospital campus and did clinical officer shadowing in the operating room and wards of the hospital. After the first minute walking through you could list
The heart is a pump. If it fails, an artificial heart can pump in its place. The lungs are balloons. When breathing is insufficient, a ventilator can inflate them. Mechanical models provide simple ways to understand organs and organ systems. They are also the basis of interventions that can be used when organs stop working.
How can we handle a patient in chronic pain? It’s a difficult dilemma. On the one hand, all of our effective analgesics come with long lists of side effects, from constipation to addiction to life-threatening GI bleeds. On the other, we have individuals mired in anger, depression, and hopelessness due to a debilitating symptom. I
It took me 11 minutes. Only 11 minutes to drive from my front door to Alexandra hospital in Ingersoll, and yet I had never been there before. At first glance the hospital seemed small and very different from the hospitals I’d been to in London (the free parking may have had something to do with