What We’re Reading: 11/01/19


A few highlights from around the web that made it into our feeds this week.

Choosing to Be Vulnerable With My Patients

“Like any personal relationship, the one between doctors and patients is a complicated dance, each person deciding whether to trust the other. We dip in, we pull back, we test the waters.” 

We all craft our own protective barriers, but sometimes letting your guard down can create a positive impact. Sometimes it can aid in healing. This essay by Helen Ouyang, MD, is a story about choosing to trust, allowing that vulnerability, and the good that can come out of appealing to our shared humanity. (From nytimes.com)

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Serious medical conditions often develop after years of drug use, but one that you may not hear much about is endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s valves. It can be treated with surgery, but afterward, treatment for addiction is rarely offered--which only compounds the problem. People relapse, and then they are denied life-saving follow-up surgeries. 

By starting with the question "how many second chances?", this article proves how much work we still must do to address the opioid crisis and the suffering left in its wake. (From nytimes.com)

The Science Of Scary: Why It's So Fun To Be Freaked Out 

Here’s a fun one for Halloween. Ever wonder why so many of us love a thrill? This article interviews Ken Carter, a psychologist who wrote a book about what makes people tick. He says it’s about seeking sensation, what Dr. Carter regards as a personality trait.

Want to know where you fall on the chill-to-thrill spectrum? Take the quiz! (From npr.org)

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