Berlin physician Fritz Kahn (1888–1968) was a science writer, illustrator and polymath who paired human physiology with industrial systems. His piece de resistance, “Das Leben des Menschen” (The Life of Man, 1922–1931), used visual analogy, metaphor and contemporary design to represent the human body. Kahn popularized the infographic at a time when our reductionist ... Continue Reading about Man as Industrial Palace by Henning Lederer
Who Owns a Physician’s Smartphone?
In 1994 when I was a first year gastroenterology fellow cell phones were expensive and scarce. When I was on call I stayed close to the house and my personal land line phone. If I was paged out at dinner I used a pay phone or begged the hostess to borrow the house phone. So we petitioned our division chief to buy a cell phone for fellow use during weekend call. It ... Continue Reading about Who Owns a Physician’s Smartphone?
The Buzzing Pager
It's funny what we remember. For example, as a 3rd year medical student rotating in surgery I remember clearly sitting in my attending's office at Worcester Memorial Hospital. He was a vascular surgeon. I don't remember his name. On this particular day I had followed him to his office after rounds. He had just received his new pager and placed a call to whomever had ... Continue Reading about The Buzzing Pager