Tag Archives: shortness of breath

The talk

Akshay Khatri Valhalla, New York, USA   Photo from Pixabay I walked into the emergency department with a sense of trepidation. The patient I was evaluating was Mrs. G, a woman whom I had cared for in the hospital a few months earlier. Now she was back from the nursing home with more shortness of […]

The last days of George Washington

Life of George Washington – the Christian death, ca. 1853 Junius Brutus Stearns Library of Congress When George Washington developed laryngitis and shortness of breath in 1799, his doctors used poultices, enemas, and opened his veins to remove almost half of all his blood in 12 hours. Shown on his deathbed in a painting recently […]

Let us all be well

Michael Konik Los Angeles, California, USA   “We need a new heart at the heart of the system, one that is not cold and congested, a heart that is open and compassionate.” Diseases work insidiously, hiding out in hard-to-see places. A badly compromised body often looks normal on the outside, especially if the illness is […]