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Health & Science

JUNE 2017

We faculty don’t expect much from the new interns. They start in July after just having graduated from medical school. Almost everything in their job description is new to them. They have never had to make medical decisions or do complex procedures, never had to create and maintain a medical chart, never had to break bad news to a...
Dirk Nies was concerned about the negative impacts of plastic on our environment long before the thought had even crossed most of our minds. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in Environmental Chemistry—before that field was cool—he was awarded a Gillette grant that supported him through a year of research with no strings attached. He chose...
Summer is trauma season and so far it has been an exceptionally busy season. I was watching 30 or so people suit up in the ER the other day for back-to-back major traumas. Suiting up for a major trauma involves putting on multiple layers of protection. The first layer of the uniform is a green shoulder-to-knee length wrap-around cape made of...
If you’ve never experienced Bruce Springsteen performing live, I highly recommend it. Seeing this fabulous, famous and wealthy rock star performing in front of thousands of adoring fans, many of whom know every word to every song, one would never guess that he has struggled with episodes of debilitating depression and profound self-doubt. I recently read Springsteen’s memoir, Born...
The nurse couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The med student couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The resident couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. They were gathered around her bedside trying to figure out why the nursing home had sent this demented woman in. This is a surprisingly common exercise in the ER. The nursing...
In the center of the great hall stood a pillar three times as high as a man’s head and composed of drums wound over their entire surface with copper wire.  These drums were diabolically conceived and executed so as to embody every mathematical curve and surface dealt with by mathematicians since the days of Copernicus; including truncated cones, parabolas,...
Six years ago, I was at mile 31.5 of a 32-mile trail race and in the lead. The race took place in July, so it was predictably hot and humid and I was running hard, but in control. About ½ mile from the finish, I came out of the woods to a road crossing and saw a large truck...

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Crozet Annals of Medicine: Thinking about Thinking

We faculty don’t expect much from the new interns. They start in July after just having graduated from medical school. Almost everything in their...

Dirk and Carmen Nies Envision a Floriescent Future

Dirk Nies was concerned about the negative impacts of plastic on our environment long before the thought had even crossed most of our minds....

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Heavy Metal Fashion

Summer is trauma season and so far it has been an exceptionally busy season. I was watching 30 or so people suit up in the...

Mental Health: Good and Bad Anxiety

If you’ve never experienced Bruce Springsteen performing live, I highly recommend it. Seeing this fabulous, famous and wealthy rock star performing in front of...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Body and Soul

The nurse couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The med student couldn’t get a coherent word out of her. The resident couldn’t get a...

Science to Live By: Electric Cars—Second Time’s the Charm?

In the center of the great hall stood a pillar three times as high as a man’s head and composed of drums wound over...

Back to Fitness: Cramping

Six years ago, I was at mile 31.5 of a 32-mile trail race and in the lead. The race took place in July, so...