The Waiting Room Syndrome

February 22, 2017 by celia

 

“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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WHO IS IN CHARGE OF MY CARE?

November 30, 2016 by celia

 

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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THE HUMAN SIDE OF DOCTORING

June 13, 2016 by celia

“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.” My eyes drop down to the image of a doctor with his stethoscope in hand (more…)


To Attend or Not to Attend, That is the Question

April 13, 2016 by celia

 

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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What Is Unknown Need Not Separate Doctor and Patient…

December 30, 2015 by celia

 

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 ellipsis’ function as “indicating omitted words.”

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Co-Authoring A New Chapter…

August 21, 2015 by celia

 

“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 by celia

 

“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… (more…)


Not Soon Enough

June 24, 2015 by celia

As a member of the Psychosocial Oncology Advisory Panel of Cancer.Net I received an e-mail announcing Dr. Lidia Schapira as the new Editor in Chief. (more…)


To Record or Not to Record, That Is the Question

May 19, 2015 by celia

A journalist who had unearthed one of my blogs written three years ago recently contacted me. (more…)


Hope As A Plan of Care

March 6, 2015 by celia

In my previous blog, Dosing Hope and Reality, I responded to Dr. Gawande’s quest to help patients (more…)