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(Medical Director of Common Practice, doc, life-long learner, passionate re:enabling conversations that help us live well, speaker, loves family, music, Philly)
I really liked these articles today. 3 are related 2 films, 2 have something to do with behavioral health, a very good podcast, and a moving narrative from a medical student. Enjoy!
Kaiser Health News
– Aug 13, 10:00 PM
In the end, it wasn't easy for Aaron McQ to decide when to die. The 50-year-old Seattle man — a former world traveler, triathlete and cyclist — learned he had leukemia five years ago, followed by an even grimmer diagnosis in 2016: a…
Jeff CohnHow one unfortunate person afflicted by 2 serious conditions made this difficult decision
Pulse--voices from the heart of medicine
– Aug 9, 7:00 AM
I was a second-year resident, doing a twenty-four-hour shift on maternity care. I'd spent some arduous nights on call with my attending physician, Dr. Campbell; now we sat at the nursing station, joking about what this one might bring. 'You must be…
Jeff CohnVery moving narrative about the benefit/necessity of allowing your emotions to come through, showing one's humanity
Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce The dangers of too much healthcare: It's something we think the public needs to learn more about. Ray Moynihan, PhD, a former investigative journalist turned…
Jeff CohnA really good listen-always a pleasure to hear an Aussie speak with their charming accents. And Dr. Moynihan is an expert in the dangers of over diagnosis and overtreatment. 'There's an awful lot of $ to be made in telling healthy people they're sick'
First, let me tell you how smart I am. So smart. My fifth-grade teacher said I was gifted in mathematics and, looking back, I have to admit that she was right. I've properly grasped the character of metaphysics as trope nominalism, and I can tell…
Jeff CohnBeing smart is different than knowing lots of facts. The ability to apply the knowledge to match the challenge you're facing, in your context is much more complex, and AI likely isn't the answer to that- at least not at the present time
A new study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, finds that mental health apps (mobile applications—usually for a smartphone or tablet) promote a one-dimensional view of mental health. According to the analysis, the apps assume that…
Jeff CohnThe idea that one would use an app to determine if one had a mental health condition, let alone what to do about it, is pretty scary to me
The word “psychopath,” like many words associated with mental and personality disorders, is used broadly, and often incorrectly — colloquially, we might call someone who lies a lot a psychopath, just as we might call someone…
Jeff CohnFascinating article/interview- very much worth reading- I learned a lot that I never knew about this condition
he future doctors of America cut class. Not to gossip in the bathroom or flirt behind the bleachers. They skip to learn — at twice the speed. Some medical students follow along with class remotely, watching sped-up recordings of their…
Jeff CohnMed school is definitely in need of disruption. Much of what med schools teach is based on a model developed nearly 100 years ago.
The Washington Post
– Aug 14, 3:00 AM
My wife went on a four-day out-of-state retreat recently, leaving me at home with our 15-year-old son. We had lots of free time, because it was summer break, so I decided we should binge on a little movie tutorial. I wanted to expose my son to the…
Jeff CohnVery good movies listed here, though pretty 'white' I'd say...
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com
– Aug 14, 8:39 AM
When Robert Shafran started community college in upstate New York in 1980, he was puzzled that some of his fellow students seemed unusually friendly, acting as if they already knew him. That mystery is retold in the opening moments of the new movie…
Jeff CohnSounds like one worth seeing, and it's not either/or; it's clearly both one's genes and one's environment that influence who one is
cience has been a reliable friend to Hollywood, providing the genetic magic that brought dinosaurs back to life, the errant drug that gave our planet to the apes, and the radiation that helped man become spider. But has Hollywood been good to…
Jeff CohnNot sure how many of us expect our movies to get the science right- though I do object to film and TV really screwing up the medicine (including holding up chest X-rays backwards)