Topic: Health and Medicine

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    “Patients require that one-on-one encounter, the Samaritan function of being a physician,” says writer and Stanford Medical School professor Abraham Verghese. “I’m convinced that when the physician examines the patient, this is an incredibly important ritual.” More

    November 24, 2010 | Comments

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    This scholar and Harvard professor became the primary caregiver for his wife after she was afflicted with a neurodegenerative disorder. More

    October 1, 2010 | Comments

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    “You cannot understand caregiving unless you do it,” says Arthur Kleinman. “Acts of caregiving come as close to what I think religion is as I could name.” More

    October 1, 2010 | Comments

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    The vocation of healing is a central theme in the acclaimed novel “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese, who writes that doctors “must believe that ministering to others will heal our woundedness. And it can. But it can also deepen the wound.” More

    July 16, 2010 | Comments

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    “Patients require that one-on-one encounter, the Samaritan function of being a physician,” says writer and Stanford Medical School professor Abraham Verghese. “I’m convinced that when the physician examines the patient, this is an incredibly important ritual.” More

    July 16, 2010 | Comments

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    Patients at this hospital in Madurai, India are among the world’s poorest people. It was founded by a pioneering eye surgeon who was a disciple of the spiritual teacher Sri Aurobindo, and its business success and social mission have long made it a model in public health textbooks. More

    June 4, 2010 | Comments

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    “I want to just go peacefully. The only medications I want are going to be the ones that would comfort me. That’s all I want,” says Jill Steuer, a nurse with advanced-stage breast cancer who has decided to stop any kind of treatment and receive hospice care. More

    March 12, 2010 | Comments

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    “While we human beings are of inestimable value, we are not of infinite value,” writes an ethicist and professor of medicine in a new book on end-of-life care. More

    March 12, 2010 | Comments

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    “More is not better,” according South Florida hospital CEO Brian Keely. “We know that more health care services can result in lower levels of care.” Health care costs are double the national average in Miami, where Keely says specialists use more medical resources and technology. More

    November 24, 2009 | Comments

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    “How do we save our community?” asks Bishop Rainey Cheeks of Inner Light Ministries in Washington, DC. “We can have all the other theological debates later on, but right now we are in trouble.” More

    November 20, 2009 | Comments

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