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“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.” - Sir William Osler

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    Friday, April 13, 2007
    Quick Apology

    ... and an even quicker goodbye.

    You're quite right, I haven't posted in awhile. I am very sorry, and this must stop. The only excuse I can give is how wild things have been lately at work. (I spent Easter weekend on call in the hospital and my Easter dinner was a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese.) I am off to Guatemala tomorrow for a ten-day medical mission. I will post descriptions - and, hopefully, pictures as well - when I return.

    I will share this vignette with you, my favorite recent work memory. I was doing a physical on a patient and she was telling me about her niece, who cannot carry a pregnancy but had managed to find a surrogate to carry hers and her husband's embryo. The pregnancy, fortunately, is going well. The patient asked me worriedly: "I know my niece is the mother, but will the baby... absorb... some traits from the woman who's carrying the baby?"

    Me: "No. That would be the 'Horton Hatches the Egg' Gene Theory."




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