Close-Ups focus on the personal side of medicine. A patient's story, told in his or her own words, is accompanied by commentary from the patient's physician and resources to help physicians and patients. The goal is to keep the focus on the person, not just the illness, and the nuances of the doctor-patient relationship.

Feb 1, 2017 Issue
Physician's Friendship Eases Pain After Pregnancy Loss
In rural communities, physicians and their patients are uniquely bonded. These relationships can be a source of encouragement and healing.

Dec 15, 2016 Issue
Needle Phobia: A Vasovagal Response During Acupuncture
A vasovagal response can be so severe that patients begin to fear the debilitating effects of syncope almost more than the needles themselves.

Sep 15, 2016 Issue
Healthy Aging with Intimations of Mortality
End-of-life discussions in moments of excellent health may pose as much of a challenge as waiting until illness arrives.

Aug 15, 2016 Issue
Joint Pain and Fatigue: It Could Be Anything
Diagnosed with lupus, a physician reflects on the shift from usual aches and pains to fatigue that put life on hold.

Jun 1, 2016 Issue
Lucky: Reflecting on Relationships in Family Medicine
A diagnosis turns a family physician's world upside down as he focuses in on the relationships at the center of the medical universe.

Mar 15, 2016 Issue
Bell Palsy: A Frightening Symptom Can Lead to Unnecessary Testing
Anxiety and fear surrounding a clinical diagnosis like Bell palsy can lead to requests for increased testing or frequent patient encounters.

Jan 1, 2016 Issue
Making Lifestyle Changes After Gastric Bypass
Family physicians are well positioned to counsel and support patients making lifestyle changes before and after bariatric surgery.

Dec 1, 2015 Issue
Family History, Social Media, and a Diagnostic Surprise
Social media and the Internet can be valuable resources for patients, especially for those who have been estranged from their families.

Oct 1, 2015 Issue
A Family Physician Confronts Parkinson Disease
Education about promising physical therapies and treatments that may be on the horizon can be a source of encouragement for physicians and patients alike when facing a diagnosis of Parkinson disease.

Aug 1, 2015 Issue
Beyond Meaningful Use: Reconciling Medications
Even though a certain medication may be listed in the electronic health record, it doesn't mean that the patient is actually taking it.

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