Thursday Review: “Talking Sense”

For something a little different, this February, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to a few of Richard Asher’s classic articles from the late 1950s:

Richard Asher’s writings have stuck around for quite a few different reasons, which have been mentioned. He’s funny. He’s interesting. He’s still relevant.

Asher is also surprisingly prophetic.

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Thursday Review: “Making Sense”

For something a little different, this February, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to a few of Richard Asher’s classic articles from the late 1950s:

It’s no wonder that Asher’s lecture titled “Making Sense” is devoted entirely to the use of language and its use in shaping how medical information is conveyed.

People have always known that language is powerful. Asher quotes a wide range of literature throughout the talk, among them the beginning of John’s Gospel, In the beginning was the word, and the story of Rumpelstiltskin. The idea that knowing something’s name gives one power over it is an old, old human belief. So much so, that the idea made it into a fairy tale some 4,000 years ago.1
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Thursday Review: “Clinical Sense”

For something a little different, this February, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to a few of Richard Asher’s classic articles from the late 1950s:

On February 9, 1959, Richard Asher delivered three Lettsomian Lectures at the Medical Society of London. The first, titled “Clinical Senses: the use of the five senses” is a primer on holistic patient observation, but also introduces some of the mental faculties which process that information almost as if they’re other senses.
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Thursday Review: “Why Are Medical Journals So Dull?”

For something a little different, this February, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to a few of Richard Asher’s classic articles from the late 1950s:

Writing in the British Medical Journal in 1958, some of Richard Asher’s ideas concerning “Why Are Medical Journals So Dull?” are certainly products of their times. Others, though, are still valid and instructive today.

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