An internal medicine resident's journey through public health, island living, medical school, clerkship rotations, internship, residency, travel medicine and life...
with many pit stops, detours and distractions along the way.
also Pseudomonas always smells to me like rotten roses
I have also noticed that patients with advanced esophageal cancer have a slightly cinnamon-like scent on their breath. It isn’t like you opened a bottle of cinnamon, but it seems to be there. That was something I noticed back in my EMS days.
No one has ever given me confirmation as to whether this is a “normal” finding.
I always thought that pseudomonas smelled like the subway late at night.
While doctors primarily pursue medicine with the intention of healing people and curing disease, little do they realize how much death and dying becomes part of the conversation with patients and families. Throughout my internship year in internal medicine, I was faced with many discussions regarding palliative care. Discussing the end of life is not an easy task at any stage of a physician’s career, from seasoned physicians to novice interns.