On a recent winter drive with a friend, I was marveling at the beauty of the icicles—the long fingers of winter gripping the buildings of Sharon Springs.
My travel companion, the ever-practical Megan Holken, pointed out that icicles forming on the eaves indicate where heat is escaping from the structure.
This knowledge immediately made me start to see things differently. It reminded me that there’s a difference between looking at the world and observing it.
To observe is to try to understand and make sense of the things you see.
The single most common question I get asked is if I have any regrets about leaving the practice of medicine.
The spontaneous response is ‘no’.
But that definitive answer doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the process and the experience.
One of the most powerful aspects of medical training is developing the skill of observation.
A vertical crease in the ear lobe might indicate heart disease
Dry and brittle hair could be a thyroid condition.
And I could tell some things about the conditions of your lungs by looking at your fingernails.
But just because you have a skill, doesn’t mean you always use it.
Now that the winter is starting to loosen its grip, allowing spring to surface, there’s no better opportunity to brush off those skills.
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