Norms: You Notice When They’re Gone

The concept of norms has gained prominence in both my professional life as a physician and in the American political landscape. As Yale political historian Joanne Freeman observes, the constitutional framework for our government is just that: a framework. The actual practice and outworking of government is saturated with norms. When a person who thinks … Continue reading Norms: You Notice When They’re Gone

Speak Up: It can Save Your Life

In this must-read story in the Washington Post, a man developing septic shock goes back home after waiting several hours in the emergency department. When he returns to the ED the following morning, he quickly develops multisystem organ failure and nearly dies. This could have been prevented with, among other things, early and appropriate treatment for … Continue reading Speak Up: It can Save Your Life