Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

WHAT IS A ‘GOOD PATIENT’?

April 26, 2017 at 11:28 am · Filed under family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  “Variability is the law of life…no two bodies are alike, no two individuals react and behave alike under the conditions which we know as disease.” – William Osler, MD In my previous blog I noted, “patients’ want to be good patients,” which prompted several people to ask, “What is a good patient?” 

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Stories Are The Antibodies Against Illness

April 10, 2017 at 10:35 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  I often think about what the writer and patient Anatole Broyard said, “Stories are the antibodies against illness.” It’s hard enough that a diagnosis comes along to threaten our lives—does it also have to threaten our life stories?  

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The Waiting Room Syndrome

February 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  “When I think of people in waiting rooms, including myself, I picture us rifling restlessly through battered magazines,” writes Rachel Hadas, Guest Editor of  “The Waiting Room Reader II:  Words to Keep You Company”.

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Prescribe The Pen

January 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Uncategorized

To be a person is to have a story to tell.  —Isak Dinesen It’s hard enough that a diagnosis comes along to threaten our lives—does it also have to threaten our life stories?

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We Do Not Remember Days—We Remember Moments

December 23, 2016 at 8:08 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been… -Rainer Maria Rilke With the coming of each New Year I think about what has passed, passing and to come. But today I find myself not reflecting on 2016. Instead,

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