- August 30th marks the 5th anniversary of Oliver Sack’s death. I am re-reading his autobiography, which is one of my favorite books ever.
- An exciting list of books coming out in fall. HT to Adam Grant.
- “During the Vietnam War, these physician-scientists were called ‘yellow berets.’ They are what we need to fight Covid-19.”
Physicians who also have extensive training in scientific methods, often a Ph.D., are ideally suited to learn from the unusual clinical manifestations of Covid-19, such as strokes in young adults and autoimmune Kawasaki syndrome in children. Physician-scientists, however, are becoming extinct in the United States, comprising only about 1% of all physicians today, and with few young clinician researchers joining their ranks.HAIDER J. WARRAICH
- A fascinating interview with Atul Gawande, MD via the Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.
“When we were told to prepare for the COVID-19 crisis in mid-March by the New York State leadership, we were still fully operational in our transplant programs, but we were not wearing proper PPEs. About a week after performing a living donor liver transplant, I started to feel sick. I immediately knew this was not the regular flu because the level of muscle pain was something I’ve never experienced before. “Read the whole essay here.
Until the next time.