One of the conversation icebreakers used by physicians are patient vignettes from the emergency department, providing nonphysicians with a glimpse of what the American College of Physicians has called an area “where others dare not tread.” While such stories provide fodder for discussion, physicians often do not have adequate catharsis about their brief—but meaningful—interactions with patients in the emergency department. Paul Austin's Something for the Pain attempts to provide such catharsis and deserves to be widely read by physicians, especially those specializing in emergency medicine.
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