Monthly Archives: May 2011

Life, the Universe and Everything

NYT has an exclusive interview with Stephen Hawking. He composed his answers using a computer and movements of his cheek muscle. Q. Given all you’ve experienced, what words would you offer someone who has been diagnosed with a serious illness, … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness

Arts & mental health conference

Cornell University is hosting an arts and mental health symposium at the New York Public Library from Thursday, June 2 – Friday, June 3. Cornell University’s panel and performances surrounding the general topic “The Arts and Mental Health” will address … Continue reading

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Filed under Arts, Mental health

Calling the expert

Kent Sepkowitz, MD, reflects on parallel experiences with plumbing and patients. And yet often I dismiss their ideas with the same careless flick of the wrist I have come to expect from the latest in my long line of plumbers … Continue reading

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Filed under Hidden curriculum, Physician-patient relationship

If I had a hammer

Thor, the new Marvel film opens today, starring everyone’s favorite god of thunder! Although it looks like Thor’s alter-ego Donald Blake isn’t appearing in the film, impress your friends at the movies this weekend by reading up on his comic origin story. … Continue reading

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Filed under Comics, Film

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good

The new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 trailer has just been released, and Pottermania is in full swing. Trying to justify surfing Potter fansites when finals are just around the corner? Never fear – we have just … Continue reading

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Filed under Ethics, Film, History of Medicine

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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Filed under Education, Humanism