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  •  actually, it's dangerous (4+ / 0-)
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    A study was published about two years ago showing that doctors who just left very long shifts (might have been residents) had an elevated rate of accidents on their way home. I don't think they do those long sessions because of passion. Unless we're talking about long operations, the residency exists because it has always existed (I did it back in my day, so you will too).

    36 hours without sleep or with minimal sleep is a long time for anyone, although I am sure that Elizabeth gave her husband intelligent advice (setting time aside for naps, and so forth).

    Edwards '08 -6.88/-5.54

    by DrReason on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 10:20:59 PM PST

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    •  Yes, it is dangerous (9+ / 0-)

      I was making a point though, John Edwards campaigning for 36 hours is nothing compared to what other Americans do all the time.

      I've often joked that I could never be a doctor, I love sleep way too much.  

      I've heard the reasoning, we've always done it this way.  But I think times are different now and that we should recognize that just because others have to, doesn't mean that future doctors should have to.

      I'm not a doctor obviously, but I admire the hard work and the time put into becoming one, so I feel I don't even have the right to comment :)

      The longest I stayed up was the 50 hours of labor and delivery I had.  I got four hours of sleep in those two days and then got to deal with a newborn on a sleep deficit, it was not easy.

      I have learned there are much more important things in life than winning elections at the cost of selling your soul. John Edwards

      by Ellinorianne on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 10:31:00 PM PST

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