Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

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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WHO IS IN CHARGE OF MY CARE?

November 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  Tacked to my bulletin board within my line of sight are the words of Dr. William Osler,a 19th century physician who pioneered taking medical students out of the classroom to learn at the bedside. Dr. Osler understood that medicine was more than science. He encouraged the students to:

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CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE JOYS OF CAREGIVING?

September 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

  For those of you who were not able to attend our most recent SpeakSooner community education program “Being A Caregiver & Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance” (August 16 at the Manchester Community Library), I’d like to share a moment from that evening.

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Regret…

August 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

  I received an e-mail from a friend. The subject: “Regret is an important teacher…” My eyes focus on the ellipsis, not the Huffington Post link. I think about the power of three small dots to punctuate what is left unsaid. In an instant my mother’s words, which in time had become her mantra, echoed […]

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THE HUMAN SIDE OF DOCTORING

June 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

“Not every patient can be saved, but his illness may be eased by the way the doctor responds.” Anatole Broyard, Intoxicated By My Illness I received an e-mail from a colleague. The subject line read: “Wow look what they’ve discovered!” Attached was a link to the New York Times WELL column “Letting Patients Tell Their Stories.” […]

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