Our Cells; Our Bodies

Introduction: Biology, Bodies, and Minds I framed Glioblastology with an insight from the 20th century¬†French existentialist Maurice Mearleau-Ponty, grounding our mental and emotional states in our bodies and biology. The identification of our "self" with our bodies shapes¬†the framework through which I share content with you. It is our bodies, broken and dependent on others, …

Patient Empowerment and Sticking to a Treatment Regimen

Recently I have been talking about patient-centered healthcare, and I offered a philosophical take on patient empowerment, drawing from my own experience. One important suggestion I advanced is that both patients and medical teams share common ground: asking why? In this post I focus on the patient experience. In the future we will see this question framed for researchers. Patients are often frustrated, …

Philosophy in the Wild

Philosophy is highly technical, specialists writing only for other specialists, and those unfamiliar with the jargon, unable to join the conversation. The barrier I hope to break down for you is to provide tools to approach the study of your own diagnosis and treatment, informed by our best attempts to describe reasoning and inference, to understand why? Why this treatment, and not another?

Brief Lessons in Person-Centered Care: Please Do Not Place the Chair in the Center of the Room

You are reading one in a series of short posts translating the patient experience to an action-oriented context for clinicians. My wheelchair was outfitted with a tray, which might be convenient if I were cruising the halls of the locked brain injury unit, snacking on Doritos I took away from lunch, sipping stale hospital coffee …