As agonized screams poured from the stage, it was evident to the audience that this was not a typical seminar. On Thursday, October 26, Theater of War Productions brought an innovative and emotionally charged project to NYU Langone Health. In a performance entitled “End of Life,” actors drew the audience into a world of suffering patients and conflicted caregivers through readings of ancient Greek tragedies- Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Women of Trachis. Led by Bryan Doerries, the project’s artistic director and [read more]
Richard Selzer and Ten Terrific Tales by Tony Miksanek, MD Family Physician and Author, Raining Stethoscopes If there were a Medical Humanities Hall of Fame, physician-writer Richard Selzer (1928-2016) would be a first-ballot selection. And likely by a unanimous vote. The diminutive doctor had a very large presence in the field. He energized the medical humanities movement in the 1970’s and 1980’s with his lectures, readings, writing workshops, commencement addresses, correspondence, personality, and kindness. But it was his writing – [read more]
Katie Grogan, DMH, MA and Tamara Prevatt, MA, Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine, NYU School of Medicine Before the accident, Dr. Grace Dammann was a caregiver through and through, in every aspect of her life. A pioneering AIDS specialist, she co-founded one of the first HIV/AIDS clinics for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients in San Francisco at Laguna Honda Hospital. She was honored by the Dalai Lama with an Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award for her service and devotion to [read more]
NYU Langone Medical Center welcomed author/painter Cortney Davis to the Smilow gallery for the opening of “When the Nurse Becomes a Patient.” Laura Ferguson’s interview with Ms. Davis appears here. Exhibition presented at the NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery by the Art Program and Collection. Photo: Art Program and Collection.
When an AP reporter called to tell Erika Goldman, publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press, that its novel, Tinkers, by Paul Harding, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “it was akin to receiving a blow to the head,” she said. “It was concussive.” For the first time since 1981, a book published by a small press won the award. Ms. Goldman told this story to the members of the Patient Experience Book Club at NYU Langone Medical Center, a [read more]
(Kent State University Press, 2015) [Editor’s Note: This is Part II of a dialogue between author and painter Cortney Davis and our Art Editor Laura Ferguson. Part I can be read here.] Laura: I’d love to know more about your studio process. I see that some of the pieces are acrylic, some oil, and some include collage. Are they as unselfconscious as they seem? Did they come into being easily and quickly, without a lot of working over – or [read more]
(Kent State University Press, 2015) A dialogue with Art Editor Laura Ferguson (Part I) Carol Donley, in her annotation of Cortney’s book in the LitMed Database, writes that “the vivid paintings speak for themselves, and they add a different way of knowing not available through words.” As an artist whose work explores the experiences of her own body, I believe strongly in the power of art to express things that can’t be as easily communicated in other ways, especially about [read more]
Students at the NYU School of Medicine rotate through Bellevue Hospital during their medicine clerkship. Many of the patients they meet come from shelters or the street. Concern about how their patients live outside of the hospital is a topic that is often raised in the weekly humanism seminar I facilitate, so I was particularly interested in screening the recent documentary, Give Me a Shot of Anything: House Calls to the Homeless, to see whether it would be of interest [read more]