The Rescue

The sound of animals in distress – the great Botswana Rescue Adventure

Animals in destress have a unmistakeable urgency to their sounds and movements. Impala will run for fun, with a fast, agile, bouncy step. But when they are threatened, their gate takes on an entirely different profile. They signal to each other with an audible and disquieting hiss. It turns out people in distress are no different. We were tracking lions.… Read more →

Things that matter: Wikipedia

Every year I donate to Wikimedia, the parent organization of Wikipedia. Why? First, Wikipedia is more accurate than you think. Secondly, it is the tth most popular website in the world and the only site in the top ten which is fundamentally about collaboratively generated knowledge. But the most important reason I donate to Wikipedia is that for many patients… Read more →

Best. Run. Ever

I’d like to tell you the best 3.2 miles I’ve ever run was my 5K PR. I should probably at least say it was the last three hellish miles (plus that nasty point two) of a marathon. But no, it was tonight’s run. “Look, Nick, the MRI shows some early arthritis and your meniscus is funky, but I don’t see… Read more →


Diagnose Nick’s knee (part 4)

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Time to diagnose knee and leg pain. Step right up folks and spin the wheel.   Symptoms: mild to moderate knee pain during running, transitioned into acute pain in leg. Studies: Bone scan showed bone growth in lower femur, suggesting fractured femur. Theory: Knee issue cased change in gait, resulting in fractured… Read more →

Design for yourself

I did’t train as an engineer or anthropologist —two of the more common pathways into design thinking. In fact, I found the language and tools of design after I was well into my career in healthcare. I’m aware I’m not a seasoned designer, but not always sure I know what I don’t know…I am, as Noel Burch would say, consciously incompetent. Lately, I’ve… Read more →

Meet Barb

Actually, I don’t know her name. But we’ll call her Barb. She, or rather the waterproof luggage carrier on her car caught my eye when I was walking my dog, Ippa, this morning. It was a shiny new contrast to the rather old, worn-in four door to which it was attached. Barb was asleep in the front seat. Later, when… Read more →

Big news, as told through reaction GIFs

From the people (person) who brought you such posts as big news through 80’s sitcom themes and big news through a sketchnote comes an outrageous new post. Coming this summer, Nick Dawson is the guy who shares news via reaction GIFs. I’ve had this fantasy wherein some forward-thinking community hospital really embraces human centered design thinking. I’m fairly resolute that… Read more →