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Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘Through A Lens Darkly’

August 30th, 2014 No comments

Fostering Care: ‘How Ought We Die?’

August 29th, 2014 No comments

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The New Inquiry has a post “How Ought We Die?:”

Advanced directives give patients an idea of the numerous medical decisions they may have to make, which, as bioethics’s sole offering, is a paltry comfort. At best filling out an advanced directive may provide a useful jumping-off point for a person to truly start considering what it means to die and die with dignity. Maybe it even gives them a way to bring the conversation up with loved ones. However, the content of that discussion is missing. What questions should I ask myself to determine what it means to die with dignity? How do my beliefs about death affect the medical decisions I could face in the future? We need a new script for talking about impending death, a guide to teach the population how to prepare for it and how to support one another through the dying process.

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Cultural Symptoms: ‘Swarm’

August 28th, 2014 No comments

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Diagnostic Voices of Community:

August 27th, 2014 No comments

Checkout The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business by Erin Meyer. From a summary:

Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.

Cultural Symptoms: ‘DSM-5!’

August 26th, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: Parenting Data Deluge

August 25th, 2014 No comments

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Science News has a post titled “Data deluge feeds paranoia parenting:”

Every few days, I get an e-mail alerting me to the newest baby product that claims to take the guesswork, fear and worry out of raising a child. If money is no object, today’s parents can design a nursery that resembles an at-home intensive care unit. Sheets can monitor a baby’s breathing rate and send alerts to a parent’s phone if the baby is breathing fast or slow, or stops breathing completely. Diapers test urine for signs of dehydration, kidney problems, urinary tract infections and even diabetes. Booties track a baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. And this sweet little organic turtle onesie monitors breathing, temperature, body position and activity level. At-home fetal dopplers let you start eavesdropping on your baby before he’s even born.

Fostering Care: ‘The Tree of Life | Stay Alive’

August 24th, 2014 No comments

Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘The Empathy Exams’

August 23rd, 2014 No comments

Illustration by Rem Broo from the referenced post.

Checkout The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison.

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

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Cultural Symptoms: ‘The Congress’

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Self Segregation’

August 21st, 2014 No comments

Protestors in Atlanta autograph a sketch of Michael Brown. (David Goldman/AP)

From The Atlantic article “Self-Segregation: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson:”

Overall, the social networks of whites are a remarkable 93 percent white. White American social networks are only one percent black, one percent Hispanic, one percent Asian or Pacific Islander, one percent mixed race, and one percent other race. In fact, fully three-quarters (75 percent) of whites have entirely white social networks without any minority presence. This level of social-network racial homogeneity among whites is significantly higher than among black Americans (65 percent) or Hispanic Americans (46 percent).

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