Category Archives: Humanities and Medicine

“Don’t worry, at least we will die together!”

Hi, friends! In this post I simply want to invite you to read an essay I wrote which was recently published in a journal I admire.  Called Intima: a journal of narrative medicine, it is a literary place where medicine is … Continue reading

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Maybe your doctor should be a woman

Quick, picture in your head a highly competent physician.  What does that person look like? Does your doctor image look like this? Or like this?  For the record and the recognition, that’s Dr. Gibson-Hill, a doctor in Bristol, England.  You … Continue reading

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Book club! How Doctors Think

Hi, everybody!  For about 2 months I’ve been yammering both in this blog and on the radio broadcast about the current Healthy Matters online book club selection, and it’s time to get to it!  As they say in billiards .. … Continue reading

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Dying too young

This has been a tough week as too many people have died way too early.  I’m going to write a few thoughts about young lives cut short – one from my own life and one from the nation.  No links … Continue reading

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Book club: start reading “How Doctors Think”

The first time I did a book club selection was after I had read a book and I was really excited to share it with you.  That was in March 2016 and the book was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.  If you … Continue reading

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When Breath Becomes Air – Healthy Matters Book Club

“I began to realize that coming in such close contact with my own mortality had changed both nothing and everything.” Paul Kalanithi, from When Life Becomes Air Welcome to Healthy Matters Book Club!  This is the first of what I … Continue reading

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The stethoscope of the 21st century?

“That it will ever come into general use, notwithstanding its value, is extremely doubtful; because its beneficial application requires much time and gives a good bit of trouble both to the patient and the practitioner; because its hue and character … Continue reading

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