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J.B. and I have had some conversations via e-mail about how to accomplish this. He's interested in compiling a clearinghouse for such blogs. He's also putting together a medicine and literature course at his university for the upcoming fall semester. Stay tuned.
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Simple harmonic motion resonates with the pulse of life.
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Lovely rendition, David. Each life, a circle, intertwined; Twice bless't: Bless't at birth, And bless't at death.
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Your wilderness experiences bring to mind those of Thoreau. As a young man he explored the same country--the New England landscape as well as the landscape of his soul. In "A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers" Thoreau wrote: "I was up early to see the daybreak....As the light in the east steadily increased, it revealed to me more clearly the new world into which I had risen in the night, the new terra firma perchance of my future life....It was such a country as we might see in dreams, with all the delights of paradise."
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This week’s Education Life section of the New York Times carries an article outlining a new offering at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons: a one-year graduate degree program in narrative medicine. The offering is the brain child of Dr. Rita Charon, clinical professor of medicine at Columbia, and a leading advocate in this “emerging field” that “aims to treat the whole person, not just the illness.” For the paltry sum of $50,000, participants can pursue courses in “philosophy, literary theory, psychoanalytic theory, and autobiography,” culminating with a “reading of literature that involves experiences of illness.” This academic year 28... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2010 at HumaneMedicine