A Pain in the Toenails by Melissa Yuan-Innes
Approx. 1,840 words.
Published on July 15, 2011 by
Ah, the innocence of medical school. This is a story from my third year of clinical clerkship, when I started rotating through the hospital wards.
One patient taught me about ulcerative colitis...and a few other things.
You can also find this essay in my book, The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room.