Jay Baruch, MD
Jay Baruch, MD
Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Providence, RI 02903
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Baruch J.; Big Incision. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:836-837. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-11-201206050-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(11):836-837.
The cardiac surgery team of fellows and residents was rounding on me the evening before my heart operation, and I wasn't comfortable being “rounded on.” Six months had passed since my near-syncopal episode during an emergency department shift on the cusp of my 41st birthday; 6 months of imperfect practice as a patient. Pneumonia, rapid atrial fibrillation, and a leaky mitral valve—all a surprise to someone who thought himself too busy to be sick.
“It must be hard being on the other side,” a surgical resident said.
I was learning that this wasn't a question but more of a shamanistic incantation by fellow doctors eager to ward themselves against my fate. No cardiac risk factors, exercised regularly, flossed enough. Yet, here I was, wilting before puzzled faces straining to fit my illness into an unaccommodating cautionary tale.
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