For those of you too young to remember, Marcus Welby, M.D. was a TV show that began its seven-year run in 1969 and starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind heart and superb bedside manner. The doctor epitomized the type of doctor that is now a thing of the past: The patient, unhurried professional who sat and talked to patients for as long as was necessary, not only to understand the patient's symptoms and complaints, but to understand the whole patient. The type of doctor who would come to you if you were too sick to go to the doctor. The type who could practically heal you with just a touch.
For many of us, this type of doctor wasn't a privilege -- it was a right. This is the type of doctor we wish we had today.
i have been struggling with depression on and off for years, always suffering more in the winter months. hah i chalked it up to a self diagnosis of SAD seasonal affective disorder. This year my bout started january, november and december were crucial months in the making of my january depression. i had falling outs with my only siblings, stopped speaking to them and i was trying to find a new place to live bouncing from place to place between july and november. i found a place in late november and my kids and i had a sparse xmas....more
Some workflow processes are so ingrained in our psyches, that they've become iconic images of a job. Think of someone at the dry cleaners, and you see an image of someone sticking a safety pin into your clothes to tag it. Think of a waitress and you have a vision of someone writing down your order on a small pad. Think of a doctor entering the examination room you've been waiting in for 15-20 minutes (on a good day) and you see your doctor holding a clipboard with your patient file.