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This blog serves as a bulletin board for emergency physicians to share unusual and interesting photos of life in the ED. It is also a partner with our Instagram account, @em_news, where you can find these photos on the go.

Have a clinical photo to share? Make sure it meets these criteria:
    • You must have taken the photo yourself. No “borrowing” from someone else or another website.
    • You must have written permission to submit someone else's photo. Send us the photographer’s name so we can give credit.
    • Sending a photo of a patient? You need his written permission to take the photo, and must send a copy of it to us.
    • Be sure to obscure the patient’s face and identifying details even if you have permission (HIPAA, you know).
    • Send us the particulars about your photo: the patient’s symptoms, history, tests performed, therapies started, disposition, and outcome.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Dr. Larry Mellick shares classic and novel techniques to remove tricky foreign bodies like small screws and cockroaches from a child’s ears and nose. (

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dr. Christine Butts says the lives and work of female physicians in Kurdistan are very similar to those of female EPs in the United States, yet so different at the same time. One difference: No #metoo there. (

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Monday, November 12, 2018

One thing EPs don’t learn in medical school or residency is frailty in the elderly, and it wasn’t until Dr. Graham Walker witnessed the end of his grandmother’s life did he recognize it as the gestalt it is. (


Thursday, November 8, 2018

A 60-year-old man was brought in by EMS for a cardiac arrest after he was found unconscious in a park on a December morning. What’s the diagnosis? (


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A 32-year-old woman who recently had a cold presents with shortness of breath, dry cough, and mild JVD. What does her ECG show? (

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