How Surgery is Like Fishing

  The other day, my 12 year-old son and I were invited to go fishing on the Long Island Sound. We drove two hours to get to the Eastern end of Long Island, expecting to catch 3 or 4 fish. The three of us went out on a small boat just after high tide. It […]

Fundamentals of Medicine, Down the Drain

On a routine follow-up visit for bronchitis/pneumonia, I examined a patient by listening to her lungs. The diminished breath sounds on the right side had improved significantly, and after thumping her chest with my fingers, the sounds were resonant and equal. Not only was she feeling much better, her abnormal exam findings had returned to […]