As an academic internist, over the past five years, I’ve been hearing more and more about social determinants of health.  I have read countless journal articles comparing health outcomes; I’ve attended grand rounds on the subject; recently, our electronic medical record changed to incorporate a tab on social determinants of health into the patient’s chart.  As a course director in the medical school, I’ve incorporated this topic into ...

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An excerpt from With Mirth and Laughter: Finding Joy in Medicine After Cancer. I am sitting in the waiting area for the one year follow up appointment with my oncologist, Dr. Anne Blaes. Using the handy phone app, “How Long Ago,” I see it’s been eleven months, nine days, five ...

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An excerpt from Mirth is God's Medicine: Coping with Cancer as a Physician. "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17 In the coming weeks, after the biopsy returns positive for cancer -- and after the initial shock wears off -- I am trying to plan ahead, and ...

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