Q: Has there been research to quantify the impact of narrative medicine?
A: We did a study at Columbia after six weeks of narrative seminars. Participants said what they did in the seminar spilled over onto the ward: Things they learned about patients’ situations or about their colleagues’ observations influenced their work.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg: Stranger Visions
By collecting DNA from public places, the artist can create 3-D portraits. Here’s a slideshow of her work.
Standards for Surgeons
With his creation of the American College of Surgeons 100 years ago, Franklin Martin introduced a vital aspect to surgery: regulation.
Still Running Short
Although drug shortages have lessened in recent years, some key classes of medications remain in short supply.
New York City’s medical research community picks up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy destroys decades of work.
UV light proves itself as an annihilator of germs.
One group wishes to manage a surgical patient’s entire course of care: anesthesiologists.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow discusses the current state of the health care industry.
Physicians routinely prescribe drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. But should drug reps be allowed to tout those uses?
Cardiologist Barbara-Natterson Horowitz explains why the most humanistic medicine today is being practiced by veterinarians.
60 Percentage increase in U.S. C-section deliveries from 1996 to 2009
Research has suggested that a novice physician’s ability to empathize with patients wears down during training, and a recent study noted that clinical empathy begins to decline during the third year of medical school.