“What could the world hold for a maimed, crippled man?” —The Heartbreaking Story of Artificial Limbs

by Godfrey Onime Consider the case of James Edward Hanger, who was only 18 when the American civil war erupted. A promising engineering student, he left his studies at Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) to enlist in the military. The date was June 1, 1861. Fate had other plans for the young man…

Why Most Doctors Don’t Wash Their Hands

by Godfrey Onime At the hospital a couple of years ago, a nurse walked up to me to report that one of my patients was “hysterical.” “She says to make sure Dr. X never returns to her room,” the nurse explained. I was the patient’s internist and Dr. X the surgeon who had operated on…

The Kidney Dialysis Puzzle

by Godfrey Onime “Dr. Onime, your patient in room 607 is throwing a fit,” read the nurse’s message on my iPhone. “He wants to leave. What should I do?” I was half-way through lunch. I placed a call to the nurse and asked her to try and convince the patient to stay until I got…