Physicians and Gallows Humor. Is It Unprofessional?

Comedy is when you fall through an open manhole.  Tragedy is when I fall through an open manhole.  It’s an old joke and a helpful segue to understanding dark humor in the medical community. Physicians see a lot of desperate and hopeless situations. We have to deliver...

When Can You Refuse to Treat a Patient?

We open with some advice. Dismissing a patient is challenging. Sometimes arranging a graceful exit is best for both you and your patient. This article discusses general tips.  Every case is different. When you do dismiss a patient, individualization is critical. Among...