Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

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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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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