Medicine: An Intern on Duty: The Longest Day

What is it like to work a 36-hour shift? That is precisely how long Dr. Edward Condon, 28, was on virtually continuous duty" recently at New York City's 970-bed Elmhurst Hospital as part of his internship. The log of his prolonged "day":

Assigned to a ward that was designed for 40 patients but is sometimes crowded with 50 or more, Condon reported for duty at 8 a.m. He immediately began taking blood samples from patients, then at 9 a.m. broke off to accompany a resident as he stopped at patients' bedsides. At 11:30 he wolfed down a sandwich and spent the rest...

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