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.

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