Linda Pourmassina, MD
Internal Medicine physician.
Interested in the human side of medicine.
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…to my blog. It (I) survived a year of blogging. A very big THANK YOU to those who have been reading my blog. Now, some cake…. share this via: (photo by Will Clayton, from flickr creative commons)
This past weekend, I attended TEDxRainier 2011 , which was a very full day of inspiring, enlightening, thought-provoking, and humbling talks by speakers from various fields. I cannot speak highly enough about the experience. The interdisciplinary examination of ideas and … Continue reading
Here is a very common patient interaction I come across at least once every summer (truncated generic version): A patient (usually a healthy woman somewhere between 30 and 50 years old) comes in with concern of swollen ankles for a … Continue reading
“Surely there is something absurd when a nation pays a primary care physician poorly relative to other specialists and then wrings its hands over a shortage of primary care physicians.” – Princeton University economist Uwe Reinhardt source: New York Times … Continue reading
“I was also fearful as a new mom but as a student of public health, I understand the evidence-based research now.” – (author to be disclosed later in this post) The above statement was made in reference to vaccines a … Continue reading
I appreciate fashion – not in the sense that I buy the latest designer clothes. Rather, I enjoy the aesthetics of it. It is creative and can be glamorous, silly, subdued, over-the-top, surprising, and even emotional (as is the case … Continue reading
I recently met someone whom I will name “The Punisher” in my life right now. This person is pushing me beyond my perceived abilities. He says, “Ok. I know you can do that already, but can you do this?” He … Continue reading
Let’s imagine an action-packed screenplay full of suspense and intrigue and romance (just a little) and… medicine. Yes, medicine. And why not? After all, in medicine we have potential for biochemical warfare, technological advances in diagnosing infectious disease in relatively … Continue reading