Daniel B. Mendlovic, MD
Current Author Address: Daniel B. Mendlovic, MD, 3733 Park East Drive, #105, Beachwood, OH 44122.
Mendlovic D.; Stop and Smell the Bedpans. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:676. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-9-200711060-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(9):676.
On Sunday, the new ICU opened. After months of construction, the first patients were transferred in. Clearly, it was a huge upgrade. It was roomy, bright, and technologically advanced—all seemed thrilled with the new building. As I walked out through the now abandoned old ICU, I stopped to look around the old place.
What a pit! It was musty, dark in some spots, with an intolerable glare in others. The temperature was never right, the floor was stained beyond repair, and there was never enough room to sit. A day ago, the rooms were full, but now it was already difficult to imagine ever having done anything productive there. Yet so much history and real-life drama had occurred there. The seemingly empty rooms were really filled with ghosts, spirits, and memories.
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