What if Shakespeare had access to LITFL? Or vice versa?
Ever started a night shift in the emergency department and felt like you were a hapless conscript at Agincourt on St. Crispin’s day, about to be run down by an army of charging knights? Have you seen fear and powerlessness in the eyes of your colleagues, overwhelmed by the carnage around them and the disarray that surrounds them? If only you had the words to invigorate the team and urge them to battle on…
Robert Frost’s poem, “Out, Out -”, evokes the senseless madness that we see daily in the ED and in the ICU.
Nick Bottom: “I’ll speak in a monstrous little voice.” – from Act 1, Scene ii of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (~1596). One day, as a trainee doctor working in rural Zambia, I walked through the gates of the hospital to be greeted by what seemed to be the “eeyore-ing” of a demonic [...]