Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

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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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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