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MUSE - Medical Humanities Section Newsletter - Summer 2017

Fun in the Summertime


From the Editor

I hope you enjoy the summer issue of MUSE, and there is indeed much to enjoy. From adopting a baby in five days (thank you, Dr. Mian and well done!) to an exhaustively researched and carefully written piece on the Crimean War and its profound effects on the development of the US Medical Department during the period of the Civil War (the AMAZING Dr. Conley! Many, many thanks for your brilliant piece!) this edition was a joy for me to assemble.

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Adopting a Baby in Five Days

“If you ever had to adopt a baby then whom would you settle for?”

It all started in Karachi one fine morning while I was working in the ER. A young couple had brought a two-day-old baby girl* to me. The ER triage slip simply stated “baby adopted” as the reason for coming to the ER. Click here to read more now.

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In The News

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Blue-Eyed Girl K. Kay Moody, MD Brugada Lindsey Ball, MD Sunset Fishing Jennifer Grad, MD

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From the Chair

This past March I had the privilege of speaking at dotMD2017, a magical event in Dublin, Ireland. I was invited to talk about the central importance of story in medicine, in particular the value of “not-knowing,” and why physicians need to think like creative writers. Despite the promises of evidence-based medicine, the challenges we face in our practice are often unique and riddled with uncertainty, beyond the grasp of data, and rarely satisfied with a single answer. However, if we’re attentive and curious and skilled story-listeners, we can become more comfortable with what we don’t know, and use narrative tools to better understand and respond to the needs of our patients. Click to read more now.

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The beauty I see in their short lives is relative to my human perspective. It’s impossible to picture a typical human friendship in my head – we have too many experiences to process the image. I can envision the uncut footage, not just the highlights. Click here to read more now.

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The Crimean War and the Evolution of the United States Medical Department During the American Civil War

Historians have consistently emphasized the fact that the Union army was wholly unprepared for the Civil War in April of 1861. One area where this became blatantly obvious very early in the conflict was the Army Medical Department’s care and treatment of the sick and wounded. The Bureau had neither the administrative resources and experience nor the logistic support system for the conflict in the early months. Weighed down by legal limitations, regulations, and army dogma, the department struggled to adapt to rapidly changing requirements placed on medical personnel both clinically and administratively. Click here to read more now.

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