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Beloved doctor dies in “physician health program.” Husband wants to know why. →

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Medicine’s willful blindness to overworked physicians →



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Finding your bliss—beating physician burnout →



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1103 physician suicide & 13 reasons why →



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Sleep-deprived doctors dying in car crashes →

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Sleep-deprived doctors are dying in car crashes at an alarming rate around the world. And beginning July 1, 2017 the US will now force new doctors to work up to 28-hour shifts. So the death toll is likely to rise.Thousands of lives have already been sacrificed including not only doctors,

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Sleep-deprived docs disclose hospital horrors →

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Today the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) made the reckless decision to increase work hours to 28-hour shifts for new doctors. Here are the catastrophic consequences of their decision. Read blog & comment . . .

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Don’t think you’re a victim? You may be the victimizer. →

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Let’s talk about cycles of abuse. Sexual abuse. Domestic violence. Human rights violations. Why does this stuff continue? Why does a woman end up dating a violent man and then another violent man over and over again. Why does incest pass on from generation to generation?

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Dying by Karōshi 過労死 (excessive work death) →

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One of my best friends form medical school died a few years ago, 55 years old, excellent health, swam every day. Genius—musician, internist, bicycle designer. His name was Patrick Tekeli. His death affected me deeply. Mother found him dead. Suicide? Who knows; I call it Karōshi (過労死)— ‘excessive work death.’  I’ve already submitted my letter of resignation.

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Should pilots, doctors & truck drivers work 28-hour shifts? →

How long could you drive without dozing off? Maybe 8 hours? Possibly 10? How many hours do you think a long-haul trucker could drive without swerving into your lane? Would you ever want an 80,0000 pound rig coming at you with a guy behind the wheel who hadn’t slept in a day?

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7 shaming words to stop saying now (and a few more) →

In medicine our motto is first do no harm. Words matter. Choose them wisely. Here are 7 words that shame, blame, and injure people who need our help. 1. Don’t say COMMITTED suicide. Committed implies a crime. Committed rape,

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