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A Piece of My Mind
September 13, 2006

Triggers

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(10):1211-1212. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1211

For some, it is the sight of blood; for others, the smell of stool or vomit. Almost every medical student will at some point in training encounter a particular procedure or biological unpleasantry that simply turns his or her stomach inside out.

While those outside medicine might assume that we who choose to become physicians are naturally immune to these kinds of vagal triggers, the reality is that modulating our vagal responses is a learned skill, part of becoming a physician.

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