The Compassionate Scalpel

Hope is a Good Thing

In the classic movie, The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins character, Andy Dufresne says, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” The dictionary definition of hope is desire with an expectation. It turns out that, at least from a psychological perspective, hope is so much more than expectant desire.

Shared Decision Making

Shared Decision Making The Burden of Everything Possible [original article] A gradual loss of weight brought him from the institution which had cared for him for decades.  A CT scan demonstrated the monstrous mass which enveloped a large...

New Amsterdam: Break the Rules. Heal the System. PLEASE!

[original article] NBC premiered the new medical drama, New Amsterdam, Tuesday, Sept. 25. Dr Max Goodwin is the new medical director at a large urban public hospital. The series is inspired by Bellevue, the nation’s oldest public hospital, but also draws inspiration...

The Decision a Family Can’t Make

[original article] Just a minute before, I had been in surgery checking on the status of a patient who was undergoing an exploratory laparotomy.  She had been doing okay, but deteriorated relatively quickly that afternoon while still in the...

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