December 01, 2003
Yesterday constituted my last day in the Durham VA Hospital. I've come to know and respect many of my patients there, but the VA is a taxing place. The paperwork demands there intrude on patient care rather than facilitate it; and, well, it's a government agency.
My hopes that my Sunday would be uneventful never came to be. Suffice it to say that I got perhaps 1.5 hours of sleep.
Worse, I was informed that in spite of my being post-call, I was to report first thing in the morning to Durham Regional and scrub in a case. Being sleep deprived and worn down by the frictions of the VA service doesn't exactly spawn much enthusiasm for being required in an OR across town the next morning, but I went.
Once in though, everything else just melted away. It was just the beep of the monitors, the sound of the bipolar cautery, the ratchet-click of clamps, the simple satisfaction of tying knots. Yes. This is why I chose surgery.
Posted by erich at December 01, 2003 07:56 PM
you are an asshole.everything you wrote is very stupid
you are an asshole.everything you wrote is stupid
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Is it honest for me to go and sit there on communion day and drink the wine and eat the bread while feeling it all to be mummery?
The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.
I worry about the worth of philosophy done by philosophers who have been trained in nothing else.
All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind.
I teach you the Overman. Man is something which shall be surpassed.
Men are deceived if they think themselves free, an opinion which consists only in this, that they are conscious of their actions and ignorant of the causes by which they are determined.
It is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.
The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.
The freest form of government is only the least objectionable form. The rule of the many by the few we call tyranny: the rule of the few by the many is tyranny also; only of a less intense kind.
Art is ruled uniquely by the imagination.
The contents of the world are not just there for the knowing but have to be grasped with suitable mental machinery.
The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
Popular psychology is a mass of cant, of slush and of superstition worthy of the most flourishing days of the medicine man.
The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do.
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
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