Category Archives: Physician authors

Humanism in Perspective: Feedback

A few months ago, Atul Gawande wrote about the need for surgeons to be coached and receive feedback, much in the same way a professional sports player is groomed. Here, Dr. Dorian Wilson from the Center for Humanism at NJMS … Continue reading

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Humanism in Perspective: Trust

We’re excited to announce that the Director for the Center for Humanism at New Jersey Medical School, Dorian Wilson, MD, will be starting a new column here at The Human Fabric. Introducing the first installment of Humanism in Perspective: Humanism … Continue reading

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Rituals are about transformation

Abraham Verghese, physician and author, beautifully advocates for the restoration of the physical exam. via Scopeblog

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Deafening silence

Danielle Ofri remembers Bellevue on September 11, 2001. The overnight staff remained in the hospital along with the day staff. Busloads of doctors from hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens arrived at Bellevue. Off-duty doctors and nurses showed up of their own … Continue reading

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Gotta catch ‘em all

Works of Oliver Sacks, with glorious new covers. image via fastcodesign

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What Hopkins lost, and the Lost Generation found

When Gil Pender, the protagonist of Woody Allen’s latest film, walks into the salon of Gertrude Stein, he can’t believe his good fortune (or time travel abilities). It’s a den of creative energy, literature and art. But years before Stein … Continue reading

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The “D” word

Danielle Ofri reflects on doctors’ discomfort with death. When I started my clinical clerkships, I began to hear the verb “expire” more frequently, and gradually it ceased to sound strange. As an intern, I witnessed my first deaths and was … Continue reading

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The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee, oncologist and author of The Emperor of All Maladies, recently received the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of cancer. The book is both scientifically enlightening and humanistic in its approach to suffering patients, not to mention Mukherjee’s beautifully … Continue reading

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Cutting for Stone

NPR’s book club read Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone this month and chatted with the author. On the choice between life and work: Medicine presents us with this false dichotomy, or rather this temptation, that you come to medicine incomplete, … Continue reading

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Redrawing the perimeter

In the clinic, patients and doctors interact in a carefully choreographed routine. There’s an opening, questioning, examination, counseling, and finally, a finish. Outside of the clinic though, the performers never abandon their roles;  they only adopt broader ones. An ill … Continue reading

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