Month: March 2017

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Poetry in Healthcare

By Diane Kaufman I am a poet and a child psychiatrist. Beginning in childhood and all the way through my now senior years, I have found poetry to be a life saver. It is a paradox that poetry written in words can help convey that which feels beyond mere words to express. Poetry is like…

A Life Far Distant from My Own

By Lisa Goren A Letter On behalf of the Social Security Administration’s Cleveland Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, please accept our condolences on the loss of your brother and our colleague, Dr. Hershel Goren. I speak for everyone when I say that our thoughts are with you and your family. I hope that you…

Storytelling in the Exam Room

By Patricia Kullberg Mrs. Truong is tired inside, dizzy behind her eyes, and her sleep is no good. There is a buzzing in her chest. The left side of her body feels swollen, her left arm hurts and doesn’t work right. The pain, she says through the interpreter, is very deep. Perhaps worst of all,…

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