Grand Rounds Circa 1990

Mens sana in corpore sano —Juvenal My Road to Ground Rounds—and the Results! By H. J. W. Abstract:  These are the recollections of an 84 year-old man who was presented at Grand Rounds 22 years ago.  He had dermatomyositis at time.  His observations are important as they reflect on the academic activity and also the evolution of one man’s experience with dermatomyositis. Keywords:  dermatomyositis, grand rounds, illness narrative, academic medicine, pruritus, Massachusetts General Hospital Twenty years ago when my glass shower door came off its track, I had a hard time lifting it back into place. “Am I getting weaker?” I thought. My upper body itched. I had no pep, … Continue reading



Clara Luu’s poem is the most eloquent description of  severe atopic dermatitis ( often called S.A.D.)  that I have come across in a long dermatological career.  If you read it, you don’t need all the textbooks or review articles.  It speaks to what we are trying to do with the OJCPCD. Persistent scratches ripping through the tranquility of the night, and bedsheets dusty with flaked skin, mingled with dried blood in the mornings. Her skin stained with the purple sting of potassium permanganate, burning from the relentless scorch of tea tree oil, smothered in topical corticosteroids. Bandaged to retain moisture. Unbandaged to promote air flow. A blur of diagnoses and … Continue reading

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