Humane Endeavor

August 21, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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From the Division of Medical Humanities Newsletter:

An interview with Atul Gawande touches on medical error and fallibility, healthcare reform, the joys of reading, and how his research on end-of-life care made him a better doctor.

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Patient Autonomy & Shifting Medical Ethics

August 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm

04eea5d5-bf0f-47c3-a305-0bddbafc7227From the Division of Medical Humanities Newsletter:

In an interview with Point of Inquiry, Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and population health at NYULMC, "paints a global picture of all of the ethical considerations that come into play when practicing medicine as he wrestles with what he believes it takes to be a good doctor."

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Close Observation: Nursing & Writing

August 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

From the Division of Medical Humanities Newsletter:

What is it like to be both a nurse and a writer, and how does one inform the other? The Bellevue Literary Review, a journal of humanity and human experience published by NYU Langone Medical Center, recently held a fascinating roundtable discussion on these questions and more.

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Reflections of a Young Doctor

August 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

From the Division of Medical Humanities Newsletter:

Does asking medical residents to participate in reflective writing exercises help them to better connect with patients? New York magazine highlights a study, recently published in The Journal of Health Communication, that addresses this question. Excerpts from the program exercises are featured.

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Oliver Sacks - "My Periodic Table"

July 31, 2015 at 10:18 am

From the Division of Medical Humanities Newsletter:

A moving essay from the great Oliver Sacks serves as a primer for embracing life, and science, even as the end approaches: "And now, at this juncture, when death is no longer an abstract concept, but a presence — an all-too-close, not-to-be-denied presence — I am again surrounding myself, as I did when I was a boy, with metals and minerals, little emblems of eternity."

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