The Examined Life Conference 2017

The Examined Life Conference is a gathering for the medical humanities hosted by The University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. The conference is focused mainly on the intersection of writing and medicine, and is cross-pollinated with the literary chops of organizations like The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and The Iowa Review. Dr. David Thoele, the […]

Thursday Review: “Forming a Story: The Health Benefits of Narrative”

Telling a story is good for your health In the Journal of Clinical Psychology, James W. Pennebaker and Janel D. Seagal study a group of students instructed to write about a traumatic experience, and then measure both the mental and physical health outcomes of those students. The results were measured against a control group, who […]

Thursday Review: “Challenges to physician-patient communication about medication use”

Do Patients Actually Take Their Medications? There is a growing drive to move healthcare, specifically the doctor-patient relationship, from a “benevolent paternalism”1, 2 to a system where patient and physician co-create a treatment plan which gives the patient both the best health outcome and the best quality of life. By most indications, that drive to […]

To Begin: What Illness Takes

Hello, world (from Southern California)! My wife recently took a position at the University of Southern California, so I’m writing this from sunny Los Angeles. I’ve been using the ideas ideas for MeaningWell in practice for a few years: that knowing how to tell a good story and listen to one even better can cement […]