Brain Bank

Whitney McFadden, MS4 at UCSD SOM

I saw a patient dying. I saw him take the last heaving Cheyne-Stokes breaths, the color recede from his body, and rising chest slow to a stop. But even in the discomfort of death, I found reassurance that despite his imminent death, the patient and family were prepared to move on. This is not the case with most postmortem subjects.
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Blood Test

Scott Sutton, MS4 at UCSD SOM

A 22 year old Hispanic man with schizophrenia says that he has been going to “a clinic” and they ordered a “blood test”. The resident asks if he has been worried about it. “Yes,” the man intones. The resident laughs softly and says he will look it up.

The man does not laugh.
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