Here’s a quick run-down of some of the things I have been reading lately:
- NEJM: How should doctors react to the death of a colleague? A personal Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine that resonates with me and reminds me of my own reflections on the way we handle death in the hospital. (H/t Gillian Christie)
- The New Yorker: How do you tell someone something that they don’t want to hear? An interesting take relating to my post on communicating bad news.
- KevinMD.com: Insightful post by anesthesiologist Shirie Leng on the ephemerality of media attention surrounding the shocking murder of Brigham & Women’s cardiothoracic surgeon Michael Davidson. See my post about it here.
- NPR.org: Why do we not put enough stock in empathy? An excellent article that I read about ways to improve emotional learning, while mulling over a potential blog post about empathy and its role in the protests of police brutality in the wake of the non-indictment of the officer in the Eric Turner case, the unjust murder of two New York Police officers, and the NYPD’s subsequent silent protest of Mayor de Blasio at their colleagues’ funerals.
- NPR.org: What if you could save someone from an overdose? A new, promising policy development that has the potential to save lives.
- Slate.com: In case all the bad news of the past few months has got you down, too, the world is not falling apart.
Anything else I should add to my reading list?
This may be an extremely idealistic argument, but there is something in me that is saying that there is no such thing as how doctors should handle deaths in hospital. Every patient is different and you are different every moment, so how could there be a way or two that should be?
Your previous post reminded me of a book called “5 regrets of dying” by Brownie Ware, which, I admit I have not read yet. I just know a little about it. It is a book written by a former nurse in palliative care. And she wrote that every one of the people she had accompanied found peace before they left. Every single one of them.