'I feel more confident and more satisfied with myself when I reflect that I have two professions and not one. Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. Though it is irregular, it is less boring this way, and besides, neither of them loses anything through my infidelity.' (+info)
(42/48) Using typed dependencies to study and recognise conceptualisation zones in biomedical literature.
(43/48) Selection for preservation: considerations for the health sciences.
Just as no health sciences library can afford to collect every work on a subject, neither can any health sciences library afford to preserve every item that is added to its collection. In decision making for collection development, health sciences libraries apply a set of selection criteria. Those same criteria have direct application in selection for preservation decisions. This paper summarizes the literature of selection for preservation, describes the scholarly record of biomedicine, and presents criteria for selection for preservation decisions. The preservation priorities statement for microfilming of monographs and serials in the National Library of Medicine collection is included as an appendix. (+info)
(44/48) When children die: death in current children's literature and its use in a library.
Death and dying are dealt with realistically and sympathetically in current children's literature. Books can play an important role in helping children suffering from catastrophic illness by showing how other children have coped with similar situations; they can also form a basis for bibliotherapy with patients. This paper examines current trends in children's literature and describes how these books have been incorporated into a patient library at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (+info)
(45/48) Bibliotherapy in a patients' library.
This paper describes the involvement of patients in the Patients' Library at McLean Hospital, and the relationship between them and the librarian in library activities. The publication of a patients' magazine is discussed, with case histories of persons who had taken part in its production. The Patients' Librarian has a personal role in patient therapy, and accounts are given of various activities such as play-reading, poetry-reading, and the discussion of poems by established writers, with therapeutic aims in view. Actual clinical experiences are given. (+info)
(46/48) Skin color in the development of identity: a biopsychosocial model.
The role of skin color in the development of identity has been studied by a variety of paradigms. This paper applies the biopsychosocial model to this problem, with the hope that systems hierarchies offer a way to understand how many variables have an impact on a single point. This model postulates that complex social interactions are the life setting for the individual whose development also reflects biological endowment, including the contributions of heredity and nurturance. The final personal integration of an adult understanding of skin color requires an active assertion by the individual. This model is explored through the writings of Jessie Fauset, a leading participant in the literary movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. (+info)
(47/48) The Jeremiah Metzger Lecture. Humanities in medicine: treatment of a deficiency disorder.
Al Jonson pointed out that Sir William Osler provided one of the best rationales for Humanities in Medicine (21, 65). In 1919, in one of Sir William's last lectures given just a few months prior to his death, a lecture to the British Classical Society, he discussed how the sciences and the humanities can inform each other. He compared the humanities to thyroid hormone-thyroxine had just been discovered in 1914-"a hormone...," Sir William said, "...which lubricates the wheels of life... Deprive man of the lubricants ... and ... he sinks into dementia..." And so to the Classical Society, Sir William said, "You secrete materials which do for society at large what the thyroid gland does for the individual. The humanities are the hormones..." And Al Jonsen suggested that we in Medicine reaffirm Sir William's metaphor that the humanities are the hormones which will do for medicine what they do for society at large. (+info)
(48/48) Literature in our medical schools.
Despite many relevant benefits, the study of literature has been rejected by medical schools this century. However, the role of literature and the arts is coming to the fore again in many branches of medicine, including education, leading to a broader approach to medical practice than the purely scientific approach. This is likely to enrich the profession and individuals therein. As well giving as a wider general education, areas of medical training and practice that a literary education will benefit directly include critical reading and appraisal, communication skills, history taking, 'surrogate experience', understanding the role of the physician, ethics, and self-expression. Many of these are central to our understanding of good medical practice. (+info)