Confronting the fear of death takes preparation

by Brad Stuart, MD

Atul Gawande’s brilliant essay in the New Yorker sums up the dilemma we face, whether we’re patients, families, and/or clinicians, as we near the end of life. His point is that we have to face it together:

“People die only once. They have no experience to draw upon. They need doctors and nurses who are willing to have the hard discussions and say …

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Video preview of the week at, September 28, 2010

I’m taking reader questions to answer on future video preview editions, a reminder for both health care professionals and patients to get their flu shot, and a preview of what’s happening on this week.

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Health and well-being hypocrisy in the health care industry

by Edward Stevenson

One of the things that drew me towards medicine was the fact that I personally value health and the sense of well being.

I would expect that if I inquired of my colleagues that a similar statements of values would echo this fact. Yet despite this near universal affirmation of value for health and well-being, a considerable amount of hypocrisy exists in the …

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Medical blog posts of the week, ending September, 24, 2010

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Why answering a cell phone during an office visit is a problem

2. 10 cancer signs women shouldn’t ignore

3. Is it the doctor’s fault if an obese patient cannot lose weight?

4. When does a headache need to be seen at the hospital?

5. There is no alternative medicine, only …

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