Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

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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Dealing with a serious illness. Over 120 attend discussion.

November 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

  Reading the Bennington Banner story about our recent SpeakSooner community program “Building Your Team & Navigating The System” I was catapulted back in time. A few years ago we had been invited by a leading academic medical center to introduce what at that time was our new interactive communication tool—Difficult Conversations Toolkit (Video & […]

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Rethinking Cancer

October 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

        A WORD is dead / When it is said, / Some say. I say it just / Begins to live / That day. Emily Dickinson How often does a word on the page stop you? And, if it does—do you find yourself leaving the page?

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Co-Authoring A New Chapter…

August 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

  “When a doctor tells you ‘You’re sick,’ he’s not just diagnosing you; he is initiating a new chapter in the story of your life…”

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ANTIDOTE TO “GOING IT ALONE”

July 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  “Even though things inside you might be ripping you up…” Steve Williams, a patient featured in our Difficult Conversations video, tells us “…you put on a good face. For many people it’s hard to ask for help…

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