Crying

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Rogier van der Weyden's "The Admission" (1435)

"She'll probably cry."

"Nothing better for the nervous system. It does something, I forget what, to the glands."

- Excerpt from Chapter 3 of P.G. Wodehouse's "Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves" (1962)


Crying is considered one of the time-honored pastimes in medicine. It is quite possible that crying in medicine refers to tears in joy. The occasions are few and far between: medical school graduation and surviving a black cloud call night. More often than not, however, crying refers to sorrow, sadness, and pain, hallmarks of the health care professional's experience.


Who Can Cry?


Everyone. In fact, a health care professional can only be considered as such when he or she has been taken to the brink and driven to tears. Crying, therefore, is a surrogate for another time-honored tradition celebrated in medicine: becoming jaded. Crying and its release of tears marks the slow transition away from being a human being into one of a jaded cog in a machine.[1] Though July interns are notorious for crying, they are not the only types of health care professionals to do so.[2][3] When a health care professionals stops crying, he or she will also stop experiencing other emotions: love, hate, happiness, sadness, etc. This is most certainly achieved within 3 years of finishing residency, to be shortly followed by one of the following: suing patients for pain and suffering, seeking hospice, or quitting the profession altogether.[4][5][6][7]


Where Can I Cry?


A great question. Thankfully, Gomerblog covered this topic: Tips: How to Improve Your Daily Cry at Work Due to Burnout.


Is it Okay to Make Other Health Care Professionals Cry?


Absolutely.[8] Pimping is another wonderful medical tradition. It is also known by the less popular term: hazing.


Is It Okay to Cry if I'm Getting Killed with Admissions?


Definitely![9]


Why Do Babies Cry?


The baby is either trying to say "I hate you," experiencing baby fibromyalgia, or getting ready for a career in medicine.[10][11][12]


Related Reading



References


  1. Optimistic, Bright-Eyed Med Students Eager to Transform into Jaded, Burned-Out Physicians (Gomerblog)
  2. Breaking: First Batch of Crying July 1st Interns Spotted (Gomerblog)
  3. Will I Cry During This Admission? (Gomerblog)
  4. Medical Team Sues Difficult Patient for Pain & Suffering (Gomerblog)
  5. After Another Horrid Shift, Doctor Calls Palliative Care on Self, Goes Home with Hospice (Gomerblog)
  6. Doctor Achieves Lifelong Dream of Quitting Medicine Forever (Gomerblog)
  7. How to Write a Resignation Letter & Burn As Many Bridges As Possible (Gomerblog)
  8. OB/GYN Resident Skills Directly Linked to Number of Medical Students Made to Cry (Gomerblog)
  9. The 7 Stages of Grief When Faced with an Admission (Gomerblog)
  10. Crying Baby Really Trying to Say “I Hate You!” (Gomerblog)
  11. Local Man Haunted by Crying Colic Baby (Gomerblog)
  12. Scientists Discover Infant Colic Actually Baby Fibromyalgia (Gomerblog)


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