December reading round-up

I’m not entirely sure how it got to be December, but that is what the calendar tells me.  It’s time for our last reading round-up of 2014.

I’m a really big fan of the work that Zara Cooper is doing, and this publication in Annals discussing pitfalls in communication is a good example of why.

Mary Hawn has also been doing some remarkable outcomes research, and this piece on revised guidelines for surgical patients with cardiac stents adds to her collection of great works.  She spoke to us about this when she came as a visiting professor earlier in 2014, so I’m particularly glad to see this in print.

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Nutrition is one of my clinical passions in critical care, and this consensus review from CCM provides lots of helpful basics.

That hot gall bladder that presents to the ED after dark?  It might just be better to wait until the morning to take it out.

And last but not least- my December fiction recommendation.  Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat is lyrically written and magically told.  It’s a perfect salve for the dark depths of winter.