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    Tuesday, July 29, 2008
    Morbid Memories

    Recently on GruntDoc I came across the following amusing story:

    GLENDALE, Wis., July 23 (UPI) - Patients at a Milwaukee-area hospital say the last thing they want to see while facing surgery are vultures perched outside their windows.
    Yet, that's the view from some patients' rooms at the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin in Glendale, Wis., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday. It said patients about to go under the knife can watch up to six turkey vultures sitting on ledges of the three-story building.

    This brought back memories of the hospital I worked in as a medical student in Camden, New Jersey. The residents' call rooms had a lovely view of the cemetery next door; on moonlit nights I used to wonder if the zombies would be coming for us. I also recall a memorable post-call breakfast there during which a funeral home's van pulled up and the staff loaded a sacked-up body into the back of the vehicle (the doctors' dining room looked out on the ambulance court). Ah, good times.




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