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Practicing Narrative Medicine

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

I realize that my naïve pre-medical view on medicine was laughably distorted. Real medicine, real doctoring, is not primarily about making friends out of strangers, and drawing out a patient's entire life-world within the course of a single meeting. At the end of the day, our objective is to be a good doctor first and to discern the details that matter in saving that person's life.

When Disease Is Stained by Fate

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

My patient and I were walking down the tiled floors of the hospital ward, past the other patients' rooms, every door flung open like in a college dormitory but none of the rooms very inviting. We were almost around the bend by the elevator when he looked up at me and said: "You know something? Every man in my family has died at the age of 53."

As Her Scalp Grew Thin, Her Soul Grew Heavy

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

It was a warm Thursday afternoon and we were in dermatology clinic. This 20-something young professional had come to have her scalp examined. She'd noticed a sudden increase in the quantity of hair follicles that parted ways in the shower, after an ordinary brush, on her pillowcase, and she was worried that she had developed female-pattern hair loss.

Pain, Pain, the Insistence of Pain

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

I sometimes wonder whether pain carries a sense of nobility or just plain degradation. Whether it brings about clarity through an expansion of experience, or diminishes by blotting out everything inessential. Artists seem conflicted on this point.

The Doctor Who Remembers, or Doesn't

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

The idea that every doctor I see, no matter how frequently, would need to memorize my name, face, and life history in order to qualify as an excellent, caring physician feels like a distorted sentimentality, an invented fiction.

The 5 Most Underrated Virtues Of Great Doctors

Harshada Rajani | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Harshada Rajani

Medical school emphasizes that one simply needs to be as smart as possible with a borderline annoying amount of empathy, but I would argue that it's definitely not that simple.

10 Things I Know About Doctors Now That I'm In My 60s

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.09.2012 | Fifty

For my 16th birthday, my reluctant mother finally agreed to let me get my ears pierced. Back then, it was a procedure performed at a doctor's office, ...