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Most people think of human trafficking as a faraway problem, a misery confined to big cities or lonely deserts where organized networks of criminals use violence and drugs to collect souls. The residents of quiet communities like Crozet might believe the buying and selling of persons can be happening only somewhere else, not here, but experts say it happens...
This is what happened to me at work today. A 90-year-old guy was brought in to die. An ambulance had been summoned to his nursing home because he was confused. En route to us he took a turn for the worse; he stopped breathing and his pulse became very slow. He was dying, but there was a piece of...
I have been out of the hospital for a while. The new interns have arrived and so I quietly slipped out the back. I will leave it to the nurses and patients to sand off some of the rough corners of the new grads and to the younger and more energetic attendings to bring them up to speed before...
The story of grief starts with the story of love and attachment. Human evolution has hard-wired us with a strong inherent need for connection with others. These attachments are vital to human survival and health, to meet our physical needs as well as for emotional wellness. On a basic logistical level, it takes more than one person to procure...
The ER can be an overwhelming place. So many patients, so much suffering, so much need. I have been working in the ER for a long time and yet once again today I was overwhelmed by a patient’s suffering. Emotionally depleted, I turned and left the room. As I exited into the corridor, I came face to face with...
“Informed consent is rooted in the fundamental recognition —reflected in the legal presumption of competency—that adults are entitled to, accept or reject health care interventions on the basis of their own personal values and in furtherance of their own personal goals.” –Making Health Care Decisions: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Informed Consent in Patient-Practitioner Relationship, Volume One: Report. President’s Commission...
This spring, a new insect scourge is hatching, its distinctive black-and-white nymphs emerging from a hard-to-spot gray mass of eggs on trees and rocks, even rusty metal. The Spotted Lanternfly is a serious threat to orchards, forests, and especially vineyards, and can reduce fruit yields by 60 to 70 percent. At the top of its menu, though, is the...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Reality of Human Trafficking

Most people think of human trafficking as a faraway problem, a misery confined to big cities or lonely deserts where organized networks of criminals...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Two Arrivals

This is what happened to me at work today. A 90-year-old guy was brought in to die. An ambulance had been summoned to his...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Proud to Be an American (Physician)

I have been out of the hospital for a while. The new interns have arrived and so I quietly slipped out the back. I...

Grief: A Human Condition

The story of grief starts with the story of love and attachment. Human evolution has hard-wired us with a strong inherent need for connection...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Blueprints

The ER can be an overwhelming place. So many patients, so much suffering, so much need. I have been working in the ER for...

Insights for Flourishing: To Promote Public Health, Enhance Informed Consent

“Informed consent is rooted in the fundamental recognition —reflected in the legal presumption of competency—that adults are entitled to, accept or reject health care...

Help Protect Our Fruit and Wine from Lantern Fly Damage

This spring, a new insect scourge is hatching, its distinctive black-and-white nymphs emerging from a hard-to-spot gray mass of eggs on trees and rocks,...