It was only when I walked into the room and saw my patient still and utterly silent, his tired family sitting around the bed, that I realized no one had ever told me precisely how to declare death.
In the middle of a simmering crisis in medical data management, doctors shouldn’t be spending all their time reading information recorded by others. They should be talking to patients.
Can you figure out what’s wrong with a 62-year-old man who develops neck pain, a facial droop and numbness and swelling in both hands?
The incidence of the potentially deadly bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile has leveled off in recent years.
The medicalization of food deprives the dying of some of the last remnants of the human experience: taste, smell, touch and connection to loved ones.
Every doctor’s expertise is earned on patients, but unfortunately, there is a learning curve.
Children who have emergency operations on weekdays fare better than those who do on Saturdays and Sundays, a study finds.
Before I knew it I was getting the V.I.P. treatment: given a private room, sent for a lot of tests, strapped to a cardiac monitor overnight and visited by several consultants and the hospital president.
It’s long been known that hospitals can be the source of illness. But post-hospital syndrome is something different and more ominous.
Hospitals face mounting pressure to reduce readmission rates, but many factors, including the support available at home, can upend the best of efforts.