Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Other Batman

Daniel Kish was blind from retinoblastoma before the age of two. Today, he uses echolocation to read his surroundings. I accompanied Kish on several occasions as he cruised the busy streets of Long Beach. The outside world is an absolute … Continue reading

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A Hospital Bed is a Lonely Place To Be

There’s a growing body of evidence that supports music’s ability to heal not just our souls, but our physical bodies (is “The Music Never Stopped” in wide release yet?). Musicians on Call brings musicians to play live music at the patient bedside … Continue reading

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Humanism Day is Here!

We’re excited to host Danielle Ofri tomorrow during the annual Humanism Day celebration sponsored by The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at New Jersey Medical School – UMDNJ. We hope you can join us!

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Life after Death Row?

Christian Longo murdered his family in 2003. Now, as he awaits death by lethal injection, he wants to donate his organs. Read his chilling, and thought-provoking, op-ed piece. EIGHT years ago I was sentenced to death for the murders of my … Continue reading

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Update: Secrets of a Mindgamer

Quick update on last week’s post “Secrets of a Mindgamer.” The Times has a glowing review of Foer’s new book, Moonwalking with Einstein, on which the article was based. “His narrative is smart and funny and, like the work of Dr. … Continue reading

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Love & medicine

Below, the powerful, moving story of Tim Delgado and his wife Alison (crying allowed). As he cradled his wife’s limp body in his arms, Tim Delgado told himself, “You have to do this.” The fate of Alison, his wife, best … Continue reading

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“When the Doctor’s Wife has Cancer”

Dr. Peter Bach, an attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, details a personal account of his wife’s diagnosis with cancer and learning to experience medicine all over again – from a patient’s perspective. “Oh, Ruth, I think this is … Continue reading

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Ask the Xpert

If only tuberculosis were actually that adorable. Over a third of the world is infected with TB (read that again), and it kills over 2 million a year, often striking people in the prime of their lives. Even in the … Continue reading

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One week until Humanism Day!

Check out Danielle Ofri’s latest column (“A Doctor at the Funeral”) for the NYT, and join us at NJMS on Thursday, March 10 in Newark, NJ.

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The hidden light of life

Forrest Sargent is a 20-year old photographer from Seattle, born in Tokyo. He’s not only artistic, but autistic. Below, an excerpt from NeutroTribe’s interview with Sargent using a letterboard to communicate. Steve Silberman: What do you enjoy most about photography? Forrest … Continue reading

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