Grand Rounds 1:41

Welcome to this weeks 41st Grand Rounds. Reading Grand Rounds always impresses me with the diversity, richness and good writing that comes from folks in the many areas in health care, and today is no different. This offering ranges from the clinical to psychological to business to the regulatory. Here are today's submissions. Craig at The Cheerful Oncologist sent me his post first, and receives the honor of leading us off this morning with a post on how cigarette smokers rationalize their years of pure smoking pleasure with their newly diagnosed lung cancer. Here's (Cough) Looking at You, Kid is a brief study of human nature we can all learn something from. Things are not always what they seem when Dr Tony steps in for second opinion. Fortunately the outcome is a happy one (and good for a surprising laugh) in A Post-Surgical Complication. At Polite Dissent, you can get a reality check in the form of Brief Advice for Interns. Its always interesting to look at key lessons in a field and consider what parallels there my be in your own field. While I do sometimes have to deliver bad news, sex is never a topic of conversation. The medical field attracts some pretty amazing characters, from practitioners like Patch Adams or entrepreneurs like Michael Cudahy to, well, ventriloquist and inventor Paul Winchell. In this post on the...

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