Pregnancy and Medical School
what are your thoughts on pregnancy during medical school?
Well that depends on what we are talking about. Are you already pregnant or are you planning to get pregnant? Neither course is easy, and I would advise against the last one. But, it is doable.
Not how you use birth control
- We got some great stories today from physicians who spoke on health literacy; here is one.
- Dr. B: Do you think there is any chance that a pregnancy could be causing these symptoms?
- Patient: Oh no! We use birth control so I shouldn't be pregnant.
- Dr. B: (after getting the positive pregnancy test back) So it appears that you are pregnant. Can you explain what kind of birth control you are on and how you take it?
- Patient: Oh, I don't take it. It made me feel weird so my boyfriend has been taking it instead.
- Dr. B: That explains a lot....
The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus
Birmingham, 1774. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.
Jan van Riemsdyk
An eminent anatomist and obstetrician, Hunter confined himself to a specific topic (late pregnancy) and “subject” (the dissection of a woman who died near the end of term). Illustrations that represent only “what was actually seen,” Hunter argued, will carry “the mark of truth” and be “almost as infallible as the object itself.”