Some doctors unfortunately resort to quick judgements toward their patients. This closes the door to open communication, and as a result, often leads to the need to run more tests due to the patient interview being prematurely cut short. No one can be “figured out” at a glance by their appearance, financial status, beliefs or religion. Let’s cut out this cancer in the patient-doctor relationship. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/02/victim-patient-profiling.html
Are you a registered organ donor? 90% of us believe in it, but only 40% are actually registered. Go to www.donatelife.com and be sure that you are. As Charity, the Opera singer and two-time lung transplant recipient reminds us, life is not a sprint, not even a marathon. It is in fact, a relay race. Graciously give what you cant take with you.
Psychology is now beginning to redirect focus, from “finding what’s wrong with you,” to accentuating and nurturing strengths; often with better results. As a fellow Kentukian said, “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln http://www.dailygood.org/story/624/the-16-habits-of-exuberant-human-beings-kate-bratskeir/
Hats off to Larry Chu, MD, MS, and Kyra Bobbinet, MD, MPH of Stanford University for designing and teaching a wonderful humanity-driven science of the heart; Patient Engagement. Sit in on the class yourself, here. http://aim.stanford.edu/engage/