Category Archives: Stories

Memories of a Mentor

The cardiologist with a big heart, John M. Stang, MD by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Lately I have been thinking about John Stang, MD, one of my teachers and mentors during medical school. I am proud to call him my … Continue reading

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Is Life Fair?

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Diagnosing brain death is never an easy experience, even when the medical facts are relatively straightforward. The … Continue reading

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Firsthand Knowledge

Some things are best learned through experience. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I’m a firm believer in subjecting myself to the same things I put my patients through – within reason, of course. (Admittedly this would be a harder ideal to … Continue reading

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Unspoken Wishes

“In the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see.” – Susan Evans McCloud (from “Lord, I Would Follow Thee“) by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I learned an old piece of wisdom when I was in medical school: … Continue reading

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Christmas on Call

Be grateful for every Christmas you can spend with your family. by Alan Sanderson, MD This month I made a recording of “Away in a Manger” with my wife and kids. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols because … Continue reading

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Liberty and Tolerance

You cannot claim freedom of conscience for yourself without also allowing it to others. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I can remember a time during my medical training when I was singled out in a negative way because of my … Continue reading

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Faith to be Healed

When it comes to healing broken bodies and souls, God is a lot more powerful than any medical doctor. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Many years ago I did something stupid. I climbed Mount Timpanogos (11,752 feet, 3,582 meters) a … Continue reading

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The Mortal Doctor

Medical doctors have a unique perspective on mortality, but we are just as mortal as our patients are. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD I will always remember the first time I saw someone die. I was a medical student working … Continue reading

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Exercise and Physical Activity

Taking good care of your body is one way to glorify and give thanks to God. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD One day when I was a medical student I walked into the kitchen of my home and pulled a … Continue reading

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Nursing Hands

Nurses are often called to have the heart of a hero. Sometimes this can be a difficult calling to live up to. by Sandra G. Babb, RN I often hear people speak very highly of my profession, saying that nurses … Continue reading

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