Hearing from the doctor

Read this moving poem by Dr. George Simms  http://facingcancertogether.witf.org/end-of-life/oncologist-poetry-the-doctor-s-hands-5211

At the same university where Dr. Simms teach, they offered a wonderful course called “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives”. While the comics are not specifically about cancer, they are a wonderful effort to help new doctors use graphic comics as a means to convey complex medical information. You can see some examples at http://pennstatehershey.org/web/humanities/home/resources/comicbook

I believe some medical schools are including storytelling and/or narrative medicine in their curriculum as a way of helping doctors get beyond simply looking at test results.  By looking at the whole “story”  behind a patient, there can be a more effective diagnosis and, of course, more compassion. These are exciting times.

Sam

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