Category Archives: Humanism

The Good Doctor – JAMA

Shekinah Elmore, medical student and rhabdosarcoma survivor, has a fantastic piece in JAMA about humanism in medicine. How can we educate medical students to preserve the caring instinct? From the first day of orientation, we’re taught that medicine is holistic … Continue reading

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Filed under Cancer, Education, Hidden curriculum, Humanism

Heard on the floors #1

During my surgery rotation, I spent one day on call with the trauma surgery team. This day happened to be on a weekend, so I rounded with the team in the morning, then hung around in the trauma bay for … Continue reading

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Filed under Day in the Life, Education, Ethics, Heard on the Floors, Hidden curriculum, Humanism

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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Filed under Humanism, Humanism in Perspective, Physician authors

Grimm and Gray

Valerie Gribben, a new medical resident as of July 1, has an insightful editorial in the New York Times on using fairy tales to understand suffering in medicine. The practice of medicine bestows the sacred privilege to ask about the … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Humanism, Literature, Storytelling, Suffering

“The soul of the internet”

Jonathan Harris is a computer scientist and storyteller who writes programs to “to show off a world that resonates with shared emotions, concerns, problems, triumphs and troubles.” In this TED video, Harris shares his project We Feel Fine, which searches the … Continue reading

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Filed under Arts, Humanism, Storytelling

Lonely Hearts Club

Below, a poignant perspective in this week’s NEJM, entitled “The Loneliness of Visiting.” “Take my hand,” I urge. Sometimes I imagine a weak squeeze in return, but other times his hand falls limply to the side. The effort of turning in … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Humanism, Love

Update: Giving thanks

The Weill Cornell first-year medical class just finished anatomy and held a memorial ceremony (read about ours here) for the donors who gave their bodies to medical science. At Cornell’s ceremony, the families of the donors were in attendance. “I … 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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Filed under Cancer, Humanism, Literature, Physician authors

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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Filed under Day in the Life, Humanism, Physician authors, Physician-patient relationship

“Hold a Hand”

When we see a large scale disaster, like Hurricane Katrina or the tsunami in Japan, we tend to forget that the event itself is not just one tragedy, but hundreds or thousands of individual tragedies. In Storyteller Doc’s post this … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Humanism, Physician-patient relationship