Part of the title, “that was a curious incident,” is taken from Sherlock Holmes’ Silver Blaze. Here are two excerpts from the short mystery where the race horse was stolen at night from the stable and the dog had not barked.
“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
“Humanity Emergency” is an excellent book by Sarah Fraser MD (Soma Press Toronto) which offers what I call poems to jolt. The poems to jolt are designed to quickly take doctors and medical staff out of any state of inattentiveness or any state where they are lacking empathy and humanity.
In her “Humanity Emergency” collection […]
Recently at a Journal Club, my colleague Dr. Gary Duguay presented Dr. Edgoose’s article[i] regarding the Difficult Encounter between doctor and patient. This is a topic which is of course near and dear to my heart, if we can overcome the challenges presented by the difficult encounter, we can improve our diagnoses and […]
The Staying Tuned program brochure has been updated for the latest 2016 offering. We’re calling this latest version of the course Staying Tuned La Malbaie for short. More information on the CME accredited course follows.
Staying Tuned La Malbaie – Program Brochure
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Staying Tuned – Will not the musician retune the lute when it is out of tune? Epictetus.
Staying Tuned is a Canadian Medical Association accredited course which offers attendees 6 Mainline M1 credits for their participation. The course will be a Guide for Physicians to make them the best use of their most valuable […]
A surgeon who had a hip operation four weeks ago was walking briskly towards me. He had a smile on his face. “How did it go?” I asked.
“The surgery was fine but when I tried to stop the ‘Percs’ (Percocet) I was not able to sleep, began to have the shakes and was awake […]
I’ve been criticized, by many close to me, that I am too naïve, too trusting of people. Once, for example, when returning from Ireland, I had a stop-over in Montréal for a few hours. There I was approached by another Irishman, “Canada is a rotten country and I can’t wait to get the hell out […]
She came into the hospital with her three year old child. Her child had a one inch laceration on the left side of her face. The child had fallen and cut her face. And her tetanus vaccination status was up to date.
As I cleaned the wound with peroxide, the mother stated that her husband […]
Antoine Saint de Exupery attempts to describe a quality of Guillaumet, a fellow pilot:
“There exists a quality which is nameless. It may be gravity, but the word does not satisfy me, for the quality I have in mind can be accompanied by the most cheerful gaiety. It is the quality of the carpenter […]
Every time a heart sinks, we search for survivors
Studies have consistently shown that clinicians experience up to 15% of patient encounters as “difficult.” BMJ 1988, Tom O’Dowd MD; “they give the nurse and doctor a feeling of ‘heartsink”. They evoke an overwhelming mixture of exasperation, defeat, and sometimes plain dislike that causes the the heart […]
- Your Theory of Error Matters
- Meditate on death to live more fully.
- Tolstoy’s Ivan Illyich asks, “how have I lived?” A Cautionary Tale.
- Ivan Illyich’s Doctors treat his disease but neglect him.
- The Elephant in the Dark House
- “Needless” Mr. Lemond’s reflection on end of life gasping for breath.
- We see what we expect to see.
- The ageless conquest of oneself
- The Inner Game of Golf- of Medicine
- What advice would you give to a medical student?
- “That was a curious incident – the corneal abrasion did not pain.
- Poems to jolt when humanity has flat-lined in the hosptial
- Heard at a Journal Club On “the Difficult Encounter”
- Brochure for upcoming CME event: Staying Tuned La Malbaie, May 8th, 2016
- Staying Tuned CME May 8th at La Malbaie QC
- Percocet (oxycodone): This White Collar Heroin is a dog collar. Who will escape?
- Is Cynicism pernicious to your health?
- Should the privileged get privileged care?
- Antoine Saint de Exupery (or The Carpenter and his Block of Wood)
- Heartsink is a better term than Difficult Patient?
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