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- flashback|ˈflaSHˌbak| noun -• a sudden and disturbing vivid memory of an event in the past, typically as the result of psychological trauma or taking LSD.
- *newly minted in British English (ˈnjuːlɪ ˈmɪntɪd) adjective — new, recently created: The Director of Homeland Security not only has an impossible job, but also a newly minted and oddly implausible title. the newly minted chief executive officer, Edmund Clark
- dread |dred| verb [with object] anticipate with great apprehension or fear: Jane was dreading the party |
- swamp |swämp| verb [with object] • overwhelm with an excessive amount of something; inundate: feelings of guilt suddenly swamped her | the country was swamped with goods from abroad.
- ventilator |ˈven(t)əˌlādər| noun — Medicine: an appliance for artificial respiration; a respirator.
- deluge |ˈdelyo͞o(d)ZH| noun • a great quantity of something arriving at the same time: a deluge of comp
- inspire |inˈspī(ə)r| verb [with object]• create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person: their past record does not inspire confidence.
- voluntary |ˈvälənˌterē| adjective — done, given, or acting of one’s own free will: we are funded by voluntary contributions.• working, done, or maintained without payment: a voluntary helper.
- intensive care |inˈtensiv ˈˌke(ə)r| noun –special medical treatment in which a patient who is dangerously ill is kept under constant observation, typically in a dedicated department of a hospital: the baby survived in intensive care | he was in a critical condition and needed intensive care |
- commitment |kəˈmitmənt| noun — the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.: the company’s commitment to quality.
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She was a newly minted physician on the day the bombs went off seven years ago, when the police rolled a man on a stretcher into her hospital’s emergency department. His blood had spilled onto the floor and someone began to wipe it away.
The Journal of the American Medical Association, even while moving its staff home for social distancing, sets new records for speeding helpful scientific studies, peer reviewed, onto the web.
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On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York asks for retired medical personnel to join the city’s Medical Reserve Corps; 24 hours later, 1000 new volunteers have signed up. Northwell Health, a 23-hospital system in New York City, figures out how to add 1,500 beds, if needed, by repurposing space.