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Twenty Children, Six Teachers, Two Sets of Eyes, a Dog, and a Transformation

Twenty children, six teachers, two sets of eyes, and a dog were a terribly tragic catalyst for my metamorphosis as a physician and person. Let me explain. Until the cataclysmic event, I was an academic physician at an Ivy League institution who worshipped at the altar of evidence-based medicine and thought housestaff and students should […]

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Panel A: skin erosion without penetrating wound on the postero-medial face of the left elbow. Panel B: bony bruise of the medial condyle (white arrow), hypersignal of the ulnar nerve on T2-weighted MRI scan (open arrow).

Bataclan’s Ulnar Nerve Syndrome

On November 13, 2015, during terrorist attacks in the Bataclan concert room (Paris, France), a 24-year-old man with no medical past history (except for thrombocytopenic purpura in childhood) was injured by gunshots on the left elbow. After having escaped, he was taken in charge by prehospital units and transferred to the emergency department of a […]

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How Physicians Can Reduce Suicide—Without Changing Anyone’s Mental Health

Suicide is the leading cause of injury death in the US, and its rate has increased in recent years. On an average day, over 115 Americans take their lives. A typical physician’s patient is more likely to die from suicide than from motor vehicle crashes, falls, unintentional overdose, or homicide. Most people who die by suicide […]

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Post Modern Stress Disorder: Violence & Health

With mass shootings and terrorist attacks erupting randomly around the globe– from Oregon to Paris to Beirut to Colorado Springs to San Bernadino— life at the close of 2015 is violent and stressful. Hours after a husband-wife team shot up a holiday party for public health workers in San Bernadino, the Boston Globe released a story stating that […]

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Firearm-related Hospitalizations Track Ups & Downs of US Stock Market

Over 2001-2011, the national incidence of firearm-related hospitalizations has closely tracked the national stock market performance, suggesting that economic perturbations and resultant insecurities might underlie the perpetuation of firearm-related injuries, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine. Although the fatality rates have remained stable over the last two decades, the […]

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New Research in AJM: ‘Guns Do Not Make a Nation Safer’

With each massacre of innocent citizens, the demand for action on gun control by the US Congress intensifies. After the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012,  it appeared as if the national outrage over the massacre of 20 children and 6 school staff would finally push the Congress into action, but sadly, […]

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