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Primary care and the opioid epidemic

By Kirsten Stoesser, MD

We know now that Prince died from an overdose of opioid pain medication. From pills prescribed to him by a physician for the treatment of chronic pain.   1,575 more words


Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, S. Lochlann Jain

            Part memoir part cultural analysis, Malignant tries to untangle the complicated relationship between cancer, institutional America, and people within and without the disease’s enigmatic aura. 526 more words

Summaries & Reviews

MedHums Creative Portfolio: Gemma Wilson

Next in our series introducing creative portfolios is Gemma Wilson, who graduated from the MSc in Medical Humanities in 2015. She is now a Lecturer in the School of Community Health and Midwifery at UCLan. 808 more words

Medical Humanities


There was never any question in my mind that I would breastfeed my children.  Not only did it seem to be logically the most natural and nutritive way to feed them, I looked forward to experiencing the profound bonding experience that was promised, the deep satisfaction of knowing that my body produced everything my baby needed to stay alive.  1,088 more words

Prevention Paradox

Every clinician knows that “framing” – how we present information to patients – has a big impact on decisions they make about their care. Even something as simple and apparently transparent as talking about “survival” versus “mortality” is important, with “a 90% chance of living” sounding a lot better than “a 10% chance of dying” even if both phrases convey the same estimate of risk. 283 more words

Doctor-Patient Relationship

For the love of a robot?

Imaginez … Il s’approche et vous demande si tout va bien, remarque votre air fatigué ; vous propose un café. Vous lui racontez vos ennuis, en versant une petite larme, pendant qu’il range la vaisselle. 24 more words

Techniques And Technologies

Thy Rod and Thy Staff

Sometimes, before I walk into a room with certain patients, I take a deep cleansing breath and whisper, Lord, give me strength.  I just know what’s waiting for me on the other side.   342 more words