Eureka!

Today at Parkland Morning Report, Dr. David Hellmann (Chairman of Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) talked about the origins of the word, eureka, and how it applies to the practice of medicine. Eureka is derived from Ancient Greek and means “I have found it!” and is thought to have been exclaimed by the great Greek scholar Archimedes when he discovered how to determine the volume of an irregular shape. As physicians, we can be recognizing our “eureka” moments when we are talking to patients, obtaining a history, examining them, interpreting their tests, and so forth. What eureka moments have we had as physicians taking care of our patients and doing research? Maybe these discoveries can lay the foundation of a caring, thoughtful physician.