“Some infinities are smaller than others, even so, you should cherish the small infinity you may have. It’s possible to make numbered days last infinity, don’t waste your life hoping for things that may never happen, cherish the things you have and the people around you. Life isn’t just sad and depressing, it’s full of beauty, all you have to do is look for it.

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Anonymous: i think i wanted to be a surgeon for the wrong reasons: money, to please my family; but i think i'm staying for the right reasons. i started volunteering at my community hospital and as i was leaving the first day i passed by e.r and realized how incredibly low staffed they were with an overwhelming amount of patients. i think i genuinely want to help those people... is it wrong that i started down this path to please my parents?



Nope. I think it’s great you came around to the right reasons!! 

I think it’s a bad thing to say on a journey if you’re doing it for the wrong reasons!! Medicine is not something you can do just for the money or to please your parents. It asks too much of you. You’d be miserable if you didn’t love it! 

Lots of times we start things for the wrong reasons—maybe we accept a date with someone because we’re bored but that person turns out to be our future husband/wife. Maybe we move across the country thinking we can escape our problems, but maybe the new city teaches us to grow and accept them instead. 

You can start something for the wrong reason and figure out midstream that there are a thousand better reasons to do it. Just stick with those better reasons and you’ll be happy. :) 

None of us knew exactly what we were getting into when we started this journey; in fact, even when we qualify we will still have many hard truths to learn about medicine.

We all come into medicine with some preconceptions, and I don’t feel it fair to judge each other for them, especially considering how hard it is to choose wjo you want to be for tge rest of your life when you are young.

What matters is not what got you into medicine, but what keeps you there.

Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.


Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.


"Doctors are Human"

Photographs of physicians before and after 24 hours of duty, by Leticia Ruiz.

Something to look forward to. And yet with work hour restrictions in effect, we’ve still had it better than our predecessors. It’s still by no means easy, though.

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I miss Italian gelato

I miss Portuguese tarts

I miss Spanish churros

I miss Belgian waffles

I miss Egyptian sugar cane juice

I miss Moroccan mint tea

I miss French croissant

I miss Dutch frittes

I miss Russian blin

I miss travelling and eating good food…