IF YOU DON’T TAKE A TEMPERATURE, YOU CAN’T FIND A FEVER

April 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

There’s something fun today.

I got a new resident, Corry (not her real name btw). She’s one fine resident. Her english is top notch, and SHE’S A GREAT TEACHER! I was grateful she’s the one assigned to supervise me.

When you try to learn from different people, you can tell which are good at teaching. They may all be as smart, but not all can teach well.

Anyway, it was late in the afternoon and we were in the cardiology ward. She was looking through a patient’s temperature chart and was quite upset that the temperature was only measured once daily. The cardio department consulted a patient for his fever and she said measurement should be taken 4 times daily. Then she looked at me with this flat expression, "IF YOU DON’T TAKE A TEMPERATURE, YOU CAN’T FIND A FEVER."

I was startled for a while. That definitely sounded familiar! Hmm…

She continued, "House of God."

I laughed out loud, "OH YEAH!!!"

That book again (I mentioned in my previous post: ‘being with people is the essence of psychiatry’) . THE HOUSE OF GOD by Samuel Shem. This is truly a must-read classic for all kinds of doctor-wannabes out there. It’s written in 1978 and yet, so relevant to Indonesia and The Netherlands in 2007.

I voluntarily informed her, "I just finished the book last week, and yesterday I started reading the sequel, MOUNT MISERY."

"Oh, I read it 8 years ago and now I don’t remember the storyline. I want to read it again before reading the sequel. It’s all true what’s in there", she said.

"Yeah", I contemplated for a while, "GOMERS DON’T DIE".

"GOMERS DON’T DIE. GOMERS GO TO GROUND", she said.

House of God…

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Ajeng. Nijmegen, 4/4/07

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