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Sunday, January 13, 2013


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Breanna Teintze

Excellent piece. Two thoughts:

1) Did you know that some places in the U.S. it's illegal for a doctor to work more than 18 hours straight? And yet, we still do that to our interns? It's an antique part of the medical profession, something that happened back at the beginning of the 20th century when there was a genuine shortage of doctors. There ISN'T now, at least not here, and it's just stupid to ask people to break the rules of physiology when a mistake could cost a life--theirs or their patient's.

2. A MANUAL saw?!!?!?!?

I think our generation might be the one that manages to break out of the harmful cultural notions in medicine--at least, we've been trained in other areas of life to realize that "we've always done it this way" isn't a good reason to KEEP doing it that way. I hold out hope, anyway.

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