Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE JOYS OF CAREGIVING?

September 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

  For those of you who were not able to attend our most recent SpeakSooner community education program “Being A Caregiver & Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance” (August 16 at the Manchester Community Library), I’d like to share a moment from that evening.

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Regret…

August 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

  I received an e-mail from a friend. The subject: “Regret is an important teacher…” My eyes focus on the ellipsis, not the Huffington Post link. I think about the power of three small dots to punctuate what is left unsaid. In an instant my mother’s words, which in time had become her mantra, echoed […]

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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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