Daily Rounds: Socrates at The Bedside

MONDAY 1:15 PM

Almost six hours after it began, the daily ritual of morning rounds finally comes to an end. Since 7:30 a.m., eight new young doctors have been pelted with a steady stream of questions from Magnus Ohman, the senior cardiologist, who is leading the group this morning: Which famous painter suffered from digoxin poisoning? (Van Gogh.) How does a chest X ray look when a breast implant leaks? (Trick question: it looks the same.) Which episode of ER fits the patient in 7206? The dazed residents protest that they have no time for television. "You've got to watch ER," Ohman lectures. "Patients...

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