a book review by Lloyd Sederer: Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing As much memoir as about clinical medicine, Slow Medicine offers readers the sequel to her nonfiction masterpiece, God's Hotel (2012). Perhaps it is more accurate to say that Slow Medicine is a prequel, taking us on a personal and professional developmental journey from her years in college, medical, and graduate school, learning Latin and medieval history, and her residency and early medical career. These were her path, her “Way” (alluding to an ancient European pilgrimage trail) to the 20 years she spent doctoring at Laguna Honda, the last alms house in this country, which when she began there was a chronic care facility with 1178 patients in San Francisco (which she called God's Hotel). To discover Slow Medicine, Dr. Sweet needed to master conventional western medicine, "Fast Medicine."
Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement Literacy Tests & Voter Applications Alabama Georgia Louisiana: Mississippi Shared Decision Making and Communication The effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence, called narrative medicine, is proposed as a model for humane and effective medical practice. Adopting methods such as close reading of literature and reflective writing allows narrative medicine to examine and illuminate 4 of medicine's central narrative situations: physician and patient, physician and self, physician and colleagues, and physicians and society. With narrative competence, physicians can reach and join their patients in illness, recognize their own personal journeys through medicine, acknowledge kinship with and duties toward other health care professionals, and inaugurate consequential discourse with the public about health care.
Tutkimukseni pyrkii olemaan kuvailevaa, ei arvottavaa – JM Kivikangas – Emotion research, morality, politics, and life “[O]ur project is descriptive, not normative. We are not trying to say who or what is morally right or good. We are simply trying to analyze an important aspect of human social life. Cultures vary morally, as do individuals within cultures. These differences often lead to hostility, and sometimes violence. Psychologists Turn Conservatives Into Liberals With One Strange Thought Experiment Studies have consistently shown that turning liberals into conservatives (at least temporarily) is surprisingly easy. All you need to do is scare them. For example, one group of experimenters asked students to think about their own death before taking tests designed to assess their political beliefs.
Dr. Atul Gawande: “What are the outcomes that matter?” The real surprise – to me, at least – came more than halfway through Dr. Atul Gawande’s keynote address at the opening session of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting in Boston. Much of his talk on October 21 celebrated the virtues of checklists and teamwork, topics that have turned into best-selling books for the well-known surgeon and professor of public health. Feminism and the Left: An Interview with Linda Martín Alcoff In this book many of the authors have fruitfully incorporated gender issues into their visions for leftist coalition-building. However, those of us who engage in feminist theory and political activist work on behalf of women have too often seen discourses about gender eclipsed by other leftist political agendas. Frequently gender becomes an afterthought, an add-on to the central issues, something that can be trotted out when it is especially convenient or suits other political aims. This has happened for a wide variety of reasons. In order to get at such critical issues, I thought it important to close the book by having a discussion with a well-known scholar and friend, Linda Martín Alcoff, who has worked hard throughout her career to articulate relationships between theory and practice. Alcoff has repeatedly attempted to build coalitions that include gender as a key term while also recognizing the critical intersections between gender and other forms of oppression.
We need to talk about ageing Sheffield University’s Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology challenges the assumption that population ageing inevitably means ever increasing health and social care costs, and argues for a radical new approach to tackle ageing and chronic disease throughout our lives so we can live healthier as well as longer: The recent ONS announcement that centenarians are now the fastest growing age group in the UK evoked predictable headlines about the ‘burden’ of old age. It is time to call a halt to collective hand-wringing about the growing numbers of older people and the false assumption that this inevitably means ever increasing health and social care costs. Instead we need urgently to bring into focus the ageing process itself, which is life long and not confined only to old age. The conclusion of the wealth of recent scientific research is that, while ageing is inevitable, it is also malleable.
Ludlow Massacre - Wikipedia The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. About two dozen people, including miners' wives and children, were killed. The chief owner of the mine, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was widely criticized for the incident. The massacre, the culmination of an extensive strike against Colorado coal mines, resulted in the violent deaths of between 19 and 26 people; reported death tolls vary but include two women and eleven children, asphyxiated and burned to death under a single tent. The deaths occurred after a daylong fight between militia and camp guards against striking workers. Ludlow was the deadliest single incident in the southern Colorado Coal Strike, which lasted from September 1913 through December 1914.
Over-diagnosis and over-treatment in Ophthalmology: A review of the literature Introduction In recent years, the term “overdiagnosis” has been used widely in biomedical literature. In fact, Pubmed comprises over 500 articles containing this term in their titles, most of which have been published in the past 4 years. Said term is part of a critical current of thought that arose in medicine in recent years. On the basis of the motto “Less Is More”, it aims at reducing the excessive use of some medical actions which are unlikely to benefit the patient and on many occasions cause more damage than good.
The Continuous Thread of Revelation: Eudora Welty on Writing, Time, and Embracing the Nonlinearity of How We Become Who We Are To be human is to unfold in time but remain discontinuous. We are living non sequiturs seeking artificial cohesion through the revisions our memory, that capricious seamstress, performs in threading the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It is, after all, nothing but a supreme feat of storytelling to draw a continuous thread between one’s childhood self and one’s present-day self, since hardly anything makes these two entities “the same person” — not their height, not their social stature, not their beliefs, not their circle of friends, not even the very cells in their bodies.