Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry

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Canoe Trip


"Perfect," he said as he carved his knife into the surgical wound, exposing another layer of fascia. We were standing in the operating theatre: he, the surgical chief resident, and I, a third-year medical student. It was the first of many appendectomies I would scrub in for during my surgical rotation. The patient was a I2-year-old boy who had come to the Grand Valley Hospital emergency room that day. He had a low-grade fever, sweats, and periumbilical pain that had migrated to the right lower quadrant of his abdomen. After quizzing me on various anatomical structures, removing the inflamed appendix, and closing the wound, he said, "Let's go finish rounds."

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