Category: Short Takes

Humane Endeavor

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. continue reading at guernicamag.org

Patient Autonomy & Shifting Medical Ethics

From 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.” continue reading on pointofinquiry.org

Close Observation: Nursing & Writing

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. continue reading at blr.med.nyu.edu

Reflections of a Young Doctor

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. continue reading at nymag.com

Oliver Sacks - "My Periodic Table"

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.” continue reading at nytimes.com

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