Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Fear

Fear mystifies. Fear masquerades. Fear can be trivial or terrifying. But fear is always there.

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Retail neurosis

When I stopped by last August to pick up new eyeglass lenses, Harold the optician sat alone in his shop.

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“I go by thickness”

On car trips with our kids, we used to listen to comedy tapes. (Cassette tapes. Look them up.) One of our...

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Patient, heal thyself!

Octavio has prostate cancer. His prostate growth is large but localized.

“What do your doctors suggest?” I asked him.

“They sent me to...

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Fungal failure

The it's-not-a-fungus problem seems impervious to both education and even to daily observation as obvious as it is ineffective.

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An iPledge Halloween

Jerry came to Boston to study; he'd finished 4 months of isotretinoin and needed one more.

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Cancer and conference calls

Thursday was a big day in my ongoing quest to ask the question, “Why do people act that way?”

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Put the cash in the shoebox

Even when I was training back in the Pleistocene era, old Doc Greenberg was a throwback. During my pediatric residency, I accompanied him for a...

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Professional psychology

Expertise and psychology: Every profession needs both, including our own.

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The chief complaint

In medical school, they taught us to learn the patient’s chief complaint.

In dermatology the presenting complaint is on the outside, where...

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