Holding Hands with Elderly Patient
Reflections on Aging

Touch in Medicine

  [dropcap]T[/dropcap]ouch is an essential part of the doctor-patient relationship. On a very basic level, it is assumed that the doctor will touch the patient during the physical exam, in an effort to discover the [Read more…]

Reflections on Aging

Mystery and Medicine

Mystery and the unknown have been on my mind recently after facilitating one of the final sessions of The Healer’s Art course for first year medical students who have elected to explore the relational, humanistic, [Read more…]

Health and Wellness Programs

Dr. Donald Friedman: Dying Well – Observations from bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan

I heard a talk last year by Arthur Leonard Caplan, PhD, a well known and well respected bioethicist, who presently is the Director of the Division of Bioethics at New York University.  His talk to [Read more…]

Care-Giving Concerns

Living a Satisfying Life While Having a Chronic Illness – Part 2

Living with a chronic illness certainly poses many challenges that require inner strength, creativity, adaptation, resiliency, and focus to live as fully as possible under new physical, emotional, social, and spiritual circumstances. I referred to [Read more…]

Donald M. Friedman, MD
Health and Wellness Programs

Living a Satisfying Life While Having a Chronic Illness – Part 1

Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic disease that is treatable, but not curable, manageable, but not always completely controllable, can be a devastating experience.  There frequently is an immediate sense of being threatened, not only [Read more…]

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Health and Wellness Programs

Navigating the Doctor-Patient Relationship

A recent issue of Newsweek (April 23&30, 2012) had “The End of the Doctor-Patient Relationship” boldly displayed above the magazine’s logo.  Inside, the featured article was actually entitled, “The Doctor Will See You – If [Read more…]

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Health and Wellness Programs

Stress: A Part of Our Lives; A Factor in Our Health; A Potential for Growth and Change (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: This is part two of an excellent review of how stress affects our lives and our health. Part I is available here. This part of the column deals with living in the present [Read more…]

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Health and Wellness Programs

Stress: A Part of Our Lives; A Factor in Our Health; A Potential for Growth and Change (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: This is part one of an excellent review of how stress affects our lives and our health. Part II is available here. Stress is definitely a part of our lives.  It is often [Read more…]

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Care-Giving Concerns

Hope in the Midst of Illness

Hope is a crucial part of facing and coping with a medical illness. It can not only help a patient survive; it can also promote healing. Hope paves the way toward resilience and supports the [Read more…]

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Spirituality and Nature

Going out into nature can be a transforming experience. If you’re willing to give yourself over to being in a natural setting or wilderness environment, free from the distractions of our usually busy lives, extraordinary [Read more…]