Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

Questions Only God Can Answer

November 28, 2018 at 10:12 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients, Uncategorized

In the early 2000’s the Center for Communication in Medicine created a program for physicians at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center titled “Doctors Conversation Hour.”

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UNCERTAINTY IS THE REFUGE OF HOPE

October 24, 2018 at 10:51 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

UNCERTAINTY IS THE REFUGE OF HOPE The Journal Intime Henri Frederic Amiel Recently, I was reminded of a patient from time passed who had asked me, “How does one live with uncertainty?” In The Wounded Story Teller writer and patient Arthur Frank notes, “When a doctor tells us we are sick they are not just […]

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Quality of Life – We All Want It But What Is It?

September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, Newly Diagnosed, Patients

In Man’s Search for Meaning Victor Frankl said, “The quest for meaning is central to the human condition, and we are brought in touch with a sense of meaning when we reflect on that which we have created, loved, believed in or left as a legacy.” 

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REVISITING “LEARNING HUMANITY”

August 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

I’d been thinking about the topic of my next blog when I found myself catapulted back in time to 2008 and an article written by Dr. John Launer in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, which referenced my work as a medical humanist. It was titled, Learning Humanity.

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Living With Uncertainty Punctuated

July 11, 2018 at 9:18 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed, Patients

Recently I was asked if I had read “The Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager and Doomed” by Karen Elizabeth Gordon. I confessed that I often ignore the rules of punctuation.

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