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In the News

I’ve had a couple terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weeks, so I’m trying to take it easy right now. Fortunately Kevin, MD has had several links to interesting stories in the last few days that I’ve wanted to share.

P.S. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which I allude to in the first sentence of the post, is quite an entertaining book.

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Doctor as Patient

In And Today is Another Day, physician and writer Richard Waltman chronicles his experiences as a cancer patient. Although our illnesses are different, the lessons of his journey are universal.

He also gives this important advice to other docs:

Now hear this: We are them and they are us. We get sick and we die. We want to talk about it, and we want you to listen. Extend your hand, make eye contact, and say something like this: ‘I’m sorry to hear your bad news. My thoughts and best wishes are with you.’”

[via Kevin, M.D.]