Auguring the future of medical practice in New Orleans since hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the city has proved difficult if not impossible. The degree of change during the past six months has shown that flexibility and adaptability are mainstays of the ability to practice good medicine. Without doubt, New Orleans will return more lively, more resilient, and wiser for all of our losses over the past year. TH
Dr. Blalock is based at the Department of Hospital-Based Internal Medicine, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans. Special thanks to Steven B. Deitelzweig, MD, Doris Lin, MD, and Srinivas Vuppala, MD, for their assistance with this article.