What Do You Mean?

A two-page story “Caring for Strangers” raises a whole range of issues worth the conversation we won’t be able to have in our less-than-an-hour Monday seminar—patients’ fears, how doctors miss cues, how medical training can dehumanize, what love has to … Continue reading

Imagining Compassion

“Systematizing compassion risks introducing a parade of disingenuous gestures that will be read as artificial and patronizing.” (David Watts, “Cure for the Common Cold,” NEJM 9/272012, 1185) Good cooks know the limits of the recipe.  Good cooking is about patient … Continue reading