Moving On…To Bowel Habits

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We are moving on to bowel habits.  Doctor Jan Gurley will give us an overview of the gastrointestinal tract, and Doctor Nripendra Dhillon goes into further detail about anatomy and how things work.  And then someone I know generously shares  with us her observations of how things go for her.

they say i am beautiful
but beauty fades
they say true beauty
is on the inside
but if i look
inside i see
pink glistening intestines
moving, writhing,
scarlet blood
yellow greasy omentous fat
green slimy bile
soupy oily chyme
liquidy secretions
slippery mucus
crimson flesh
a plump pancreas and
a smooth shiny liver
wormy guts full of
brown pungent feces
and malodorous gas
i am indeed
truly beautiful
wondrously so
and this beauty too shall pass
(especially the gas)

-jaysi, 2009

Episode: Guest Bios & Individual Clips

The Over/Innerview
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Doctor Jan Gurley is an internal medicine physician who cares for patients at the Tom Waddell Health Center for the Homeless in San Francisco. She is the only Harvard Medical School graduate to have been awarded a Shoney’s Ten-Step Pin for documented excellence in waitressing. Thereafter she tried years of basic science research in labs (graduating magna cum laude from Harvard), then did a residency at UCSF in Internal Medicine, then received a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in epidemiology, public health and public policy. Doc Gurley’s health writing has appeared in Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chronicle Sunday magazine, with letters in the Washington Post and UK’s Daily Telegraph. Her research has appeared in academic publications including the New England Journal of Medicine. She is also the author of a humorous book of serious healthcare advice, Dodging Death. Of note she will be presenting a live "webinar" grand rounds 10 Mar 09.
The Nitty Gritty
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Doctor Nripendra Dhillon is a physician who has been a member of the teaching faculty of the School of Medicine with the Department of Anatomy at the University of California San Francisco since 1992. He enjoys working with what he believes to be some of the smartest minds in the world as they begin their careers in medicine. He finds guiding them as they learn about the human body through their dissection-based courses to be very rewarding. He is the winner of multiple teaching awards and has co-authored several books on anatomy. He is hopeful that the audience of Nei Jing Now! will find an equivalent joy in learning about their own minds and bodies through the information they gain here.
Personal Story
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Anonymous Generous One The interviewee is a computer professional in the Pacific Northwest. She spends her spare time dancing and jogging. The accompanying photo is of her dog.