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Who Are Emergency Physicians?

W Eugene Smith. Country Doctor - Life Magazine 1948

I have often tried to explain to friends and family what it is I do, since I find it hard to describe all of the aspects of my job in a concise way. To my ears, most explanations of a typical day in the life of an EP seem vague, long-winded, or self-indulgent.

I often describe emergency physicians as some combination of a modern emergency care specialist and an old-fashioned country doctor.  Sure we take care of critical trauma, strokes, heart attacks, infections etc, but we also deliver babies, set bones, suture up cuts and so on.  This recent attempt by Dr. Marlene Buckler comes across as a more accurate, no-nonsense description.  Thanks Marlene.


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