Tag Archives | Public Medical Communication

Acronyms: 3 Simple Rules for Making them Meaningful

In the last two days I have received several emails about WEAAD. Yup. WEAAD… My response: As it turned out, people were sending me these WEAAD emails because they want to publicize a worldwide (the “W) day devoted to an important cause that is right up my alley as a geriatrician: Elder Abuse. Yet when first [...]

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Writing Lessons from NY Times Magazine, Part I

I love the New York Times Magazine. At first glance, this may seem a low risk, even dull, statement. But the truth is that reading this weekly hodgepodge of facts and articles and photos, of politics and science and culture and fiction, is almost a secret pleasure. It’s varied. It’s easy to read. There’s almost [...]

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When Life and Art Collide

Sometimes life imitates art. The final story in my collection, A History of the Present Illness, called “A Medical Story”, opens with a doctor making a home visit to a public housing building. While I changed details to protect the patient and create a meaningful story, this opening scene is true to my experience. Just how [...]

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