Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

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.” 



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.


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.


Writing is Good Medicine™

May 16, 2018 at 10:08 am · Filed under communication, family & friends, Patients

Who said, “Poetry is language writing itself out of a difficult situation?” I’m not sure. What does come to mind is the poem “Late Fragment” by Raymond Carver, who was a patient at the time. 


…Stories as a Reminder of Love

April 27, 2018 at 8:58 am · Filed under Uncategorized

  “Learn the art of fragmented, irrational conversations and follow the patient’s lead instead of trying to control the dialogue.” – Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer’s Denise Grady, New York Times (August 14, 2007) Recently a colleague e-mailed me the link to Jane Brody’s New York Time’s article Alzheimer’s Patients Keep The […]