A little Shakespeare came to mind during a recent shift in the Boston emergency room where I work.
"Good Mercutio, let's retire," Romeo's cousin Benvolio says. "The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not 'scape a brawl."
It was hot in Boston, too, and people were brawling. The steamy summer months always seem to bring more than their fair share of violence.
But the ER was full of more than just brawlers. Heart attacks, strokes, respiratory problems — the heat appeared to make everything worse.