Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

NURSES AT THE CROSSROADS…

May 13, 2016 at 11:09 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

  During my tenure as a medical humanist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (2002-2005) I was an eyewitness to the complexities of communication between doctors, nurses, patients, and family members.

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To Attend or Not to Attend, That is the Question

April 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

  As we ready ourselves for the first in our 2016 SpeakSooner community education series I ask myself how does one decide whether or not to attend a play, movie, or, in this instance, a community program. Is it the subject matter, panel of experts, a friend’s invite, a colleague’s suggestion or the reviews?

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Small Town—Not So Small Talk

March 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals

  I recently ran into a friend at the Price Chopper, a local supermarket and frequent meeting place. “I love reading your blogs. Sorry I missed your community program last November on dealing with illness,” he said. “But you know me,” he continued, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

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The End Is Where We Start…

February 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from… T.S. Elliot • The Four Quartets A friend, who has been living with multiple myeloma for the past seven years, forwarded me the link to “Not Just a Death, a System Failure” (link below) which appeared in the […]

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What Is Unknown Need Not Separate Doctor and Patient…

December 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

  It ‘Tis the Season’…One of the gifts I received from a friend was a copy of The Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed. I’ve been known to ignore the rules of punctuation. My friend had asked me about my “penchant for the ellipses.” The book defines the […]

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