Opening Shop

July 9, 2009

It’s time to start writing again.

After a two year hiatus, I’m reopening the examining room. It’s dusty in here, I apologize. Some of you might remember me, others not.

Originally I wrote about what I was experiencing during my first days as a family doctor. This helped me connect with the humanism that is so important, yet so easily lost, in the doctor-patient relationship.

I found that in writing about medicine, I was a better doctor for it. The poetry of people’s lives, their loves, ills, and struggles was more easily perceived and appreciated. In writing about the ever-improving body of medical knowledge, I stayed better informed. In writing about my life in medicine, I sustained my energies in a healing art that has existed for as long as people have felt pain and tried to help one another with it. The reflective moment, embodied in the art, analysis, and literature we create, brings light to our present endeavors.

And so begins the second iteration of The Examining Room of Dr. Charles. I’ll be focusing on the current conversations in medicine, as sparked by medical news, recent discoveries, and other voices on the web and in the media. I reserve the right to embarrass myself by posting a poem at times, or to indulge in the occasional sentimentalism that first got me noticed in the medical blogosphere.

I may not have the time to write as often, or as thoroughly as I might like, but I hope that you and I will both get something good from this blog every once in a while. And if nothing else, at least you’ll get to see the tasty tomatoes from my garden later this summer.

{ 30 comments }

pcrthis July 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

Welcome back Dr. Charles!

Maria July 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

Dr. Charles! So pleased to see you again. :) It’s even worth scrambling around to find an available computer at work to say hello… I hope you are well.

Kristjan Wager July 9, 2009 at 11:03 am

Great to see you back in business! Looking forward to reading your stuff again

tbtam July 9, 2009 at 11:06 am

Welcome back! Looking forward to reading…

JPG July 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

I am so pleased to see you back, Dr. Charles. Only last week I was reflecting on defunct blogs I used to enjoy regularly — yours, the Cheerful Oncologist’s, Charity Doc’s, poor Flea’s, several others — and wishing they were still active. I have always found your writing both upbeat and thought-provoking.

lizvelrene July 9, 2009 at 11:45 am

Dr. Charles! I’m so glad to see you writing again. I enjoyed your old blog very much.

robin andrea July 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Hello Dr. Charles! What a pleasant and delightful surprise. I am so glad you’ve decided to come back and blog again. I look forward to your insightful commentary on the medical side of life.

Deirdre July 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Dr. Charles! You were the first medical blog I ever read. I am so glad you are back.

chairman meow July 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

looking forward to photos, and graphic descriptions of the tasty tomatoes! (just don’t feed them bottled water. i hear it’s contaminated)

intransigentia July 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

So excited to see you’re back! I participated in your tomato grow-along under a different name, then quit blogging for a while, and now I’m back too. You’re the guy who got me hooked on medblogs despite my total lack of medical background. I’m looking forward to reading you again.

Dale Ann Micalizzi July 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I am so pleased to see you back! Your knowledge and compassion has always inspired my work. We need you! I’ve passed your book “Legends of the Examining Room” on to several med students.

Vijay July 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Welcome back :)

Clinton July 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Welcome back Dr. Charles!

Your writing is always was a pleasure to read. Looking forward to it again!

ATP July 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Welcome back Dr. Charles!

geena July 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Welcome back… I hope you enjoyed your hiatus. It’s nice to see you blogging again. :)

WWWebb July 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

You wrote:

“I found that in writing about medicine, I was a better doctor for it. The poetry of people’s lives, their loves, ills, and struggles was more easily perceived and appreciated. In writing about the ever-improving body of medical knowledge, I stayed better informed. In writing about my life in medicine, I sustained my energies in a healing art that has existed for as long as people have felt pain and tried to help one another with it. The reflective moment, embodied in the art, analysis, and literature we create, brings light to our present endeavors.”

You’ve got it exactly right. This reminds me of the writings of a great physician and human being I had the privilege of working with, Dr. John Stone of Emory University/Grady Hospital. He touched the lives of many.

I learned this week that he passed away last November. R.I.P.

rlbates July 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Welcome back!

James July 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Hey – welcome back! I used to read your blog quite often and had wondered what happened. I love the new look as well.

drcharles July 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Thank you all SO much!

Chrysalis July 10, 2009 at 6:40 am

I am so glad you are back! You’ve been missed!

Kathy July 10, 2009 at 9:29 am

I love that you incorporate ART into healing.
Check us out at http://www.CraftForHealth.com

Glad I found you!

dragonfly July 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm

So glad to see you back. I lurked through your blog a lot 2 years and more ago.

David Harmon July 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Yay! Welcome back! (grabs for Control-D)

CardioNP July 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Welcome back! I was thinking of you just the other day when I harvested my first tomato of the season.

Nick July 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Great to see you again, Dr. Charles! Looking forward the new chapters to be written…

Shell July 11, 2009 at 2:26 am

Looking forward to your writing again, Dr. Charles. Oh yeah, and those tomatoes too :)

emmy July 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Chrysalis told me you were back. It is so good to be reading you again. Welcome back.

geetha July 13, 2009 at 7:41 am

Welcome home Dr.Charles. I hope the Cheerful Oncologist too follows suit. Heard about your arrival through Pharyngula.

Ron July 14, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Great to have you blogging again! I always looked forward to reading about your experiences as a primary care doctor. Welcome back!

Julie Stahlhut August 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Hurray! Glad you’re back!

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