Multitasking may be an essential job skill, but not for Dr. Raj Shrivastava, a neurosurgeon at Mr. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Not when complete focus means the difference between life or death. The author recalls putting his own brain in Dr. Shrivastava's capable hands.
The immigrant in Spain who tried to auction her virginity to fund
the care of her Alzheimer's-stricken mother. The caregiver in Japan who
gives respectful "last baths" to the dying elderly. The Florida doctor
arrested for operating on an aging patient seven times for nonexistent
skin cancer. In 20 years, there will be 1 billion people over the age
of 65, and China Inc.'s Ted Fishman has found the current
examples that, along with an inexhaustible supply of demographic
trends, illustrate the knotty — and at times terrifying — issues of
global aging that await us.
A doctor walks in and gives you a diagnosis. Does she or he know everything about that disease? All the possible treatments? Does she know about all the possible interactions that your drugs can have? She would if she were carrying around an iPhone with Epocrates loaded on it. Here Stanford University Doctor Andrew Newman shows off how he uses Epocrates in his practice. He says it's transformative. Oh, and he takes devices over to poor nations and trains doctors around the world on how to use the system. This brings modern healthcare into the poorest hospital.
In this week's column, humorist and career expert Tom Stern writes about finding your calling. Inspired by a recent survey of medical students who voted against going into primary care or internal medicine because there was too much paperwork involved, Stern takes a hard look at how greed and laziness may get in the way of finding your real dream.