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Beyond the Magic Scapel


By Maher Abbas, M.D.


"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Fiction or reality?
You will decide for yourself.

Maher Aref Abbas, M.D.
Palo Alto, California


People to work long hours with frequent mandatory overtime. Few holidays and weekends off. Must be able to keep massive amounts of paperwork up to date while making split-second, life or death decisions. Must be immune to verbal abuse and able to neutralize the occasional physical assault. Must display patience, kindness, understanding and caring even when personal life is coming apart at the seams. Must show no aversion to blood, vomit, oozing, infections or human body wastes. A tolerance to a lack of sleep is a must. Must be able to swallow a whole meal within two minutes and occasionally skip a few all together. Salary in no way commensurate with knowledge and ability. Only those interested in dealing with depressing situations on a daily basis need apply.


(Found on the locker of an intern physician)

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