The New Laws of the House of God

On a family vacation road trip last month, I read “Man’s Fourth Best Hospital” by Samuel Shem, the sequel to “The House of God.” Most physicians have read The House of God, including me back in college, which chronicles the grueling nature of residency training, with equal parts satire, dark humor, and poignant humanity. ItContinue reading “The New Laws of the House of God”

You’ve Got Mail

Given the advent of online bill paying years ago, my home mailbox doesn’t see all that much traffic; it is generally reserved for a few select medical journals, cooking magazines, and the usual junk mail.  After my cancer journey began, however, it was flooded with a whole host of interesting items–cards, letters, care packages, appointmentContinue reading “You’ve Got Mail”

God Shows Up in the Vending Machine

Last summer, with gyms closed due to the pandemic, I made an extra effort to ride my bike to work, as often as possible.  It’s an efficient way to combine the commute with exercise for the day.  It is also more enjoyable and psychologically uplifting to be on a bike, outdoors, in nature, feeling theContinue reading “God Shows Up in the Vending Machine”

Chicken Breast Cancer

It is interesting to note what can amuse us, generally speaking, as a society these days.  Humor is often found in everyday things that strike us as ironic, idiosyncratic, or absurd; think Jerry Seinfeld and his observations about “nothing.” Recently, technology has become such an integral part of our lives, that it too has becomeContinue reading “Chicken Breast Cancer”