LIFE Magazine, June 1959 Description: A compilation of memoirs and opinion pieces on medicine and health care.

Occupation: Writer, medical resident on the side

Goal: To blog daily for one year, in order to provide insight into medical training, health care issues, and patient-physician interactions.

About: Idiopathic comes from the Greek words idios (one’s own) and pathos (suffering). It is a term used to describe medical conditions for which the cause is unknown: idiopathic pneumonia, idiopathic cardiomyopathy…and the list goes on. The term is often used in medicine because we can rarely decipher the exact cause of a person’s illness. In the 20th edition of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, idiopathic was defined as “A high-flown term to conceal ignorance.” And thus the origin of this blog, which seeks to question established dogma in medical care and to reveal our uncertainty as physicians.


7 Responses to About

  1. I enjoy reading your blog!

  2. Kerry says:

    I am a recent grad from a Canadian university. For my Masters thesis I completed a narrative analysis of blogs written by medical residents, including you. I am now in the process of writing a manuscript and would like permission to include excerpts from your blog as part of my analysis/discussion. Please contact me at spotteddog09@yahoo.ca so we can discuss this further. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Sincerely, KB.

  3. Imran Khan says:

    Do you have an e-mail or Twitter account where we can send you questions? I love you blog, keep up the good work!

  4. Pranab says:

    FOund your blog via a link posted by Nick Genes on his Tumblr. Must say I am loving it! Subscribed to the posts. Hope to read more! Cheers!

  5. Awesome! Great writing, great voice. Thanks! Mary L. Brandt, MD (wellnessrounds.org)

  6. Ginny Eskridge says:

    You might be interested in another wonderful writer about medicine, surgeon Richard Selzer. I believe he is the only person to hold faculty positions both in an English Department and a Medical School at the same time. My favorite is “Letters to a Young Doctor”.

  7. briarcroft says:

    Quality writing, and more importantly, quality thinking about the steps of your training and what your patients teach you in large and small ways every day. I’m a physician writer as well, but thirty years beyond where you are, but looking back, regret not writing more as I went through what you are experiencing. Keep it up and I’ll happily follow along.

    Emily Gibson http://briarcroft.wordpress.com

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