This Game We Play Called “Dying." A Meditation About Being on the Sidelines by Vivian Lam

The game of death is quite addictive. 

Of course, the stakes are high—it’s the end of all things, the last chance, last glance, last words. All-or-nothing; last-ditch effort. A lifetime of apologies, love, and tenderness condensed into a prognosis of months, days, a few gasping breaths.  

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The Person Behind the Pattern: A Reflection about Doctors and Diagnoses by Blake Gregory

There’s something you should know about your doctor’s clinical judgement: It relies on a flawed premise. As doctors, our medical education conditions us to look for patterns. Pattern recognition allows us to triage and identify emergencies. It helps us distinguish pulled muscles from heart attacks. It’s a powerful, if imperfect, tool.

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Positive Visualization: Does It Help to Talk to Your Ailing Body? by Sarah Safford

Nowadays, with super high tech imaging and flexible mini microscopes that explore and photograph our insides, it’s pretty easy to visualize our physiology. We can picture what we are made of and how our bodies are working, or not working, in extreme close up detail.  This is useful for doctors and scientists, and for the rest of us, it can be terrifying or fun, or both simultaneously.  

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Comics, Neural Plasticity and the Artistic Temperament: A Reflection by Eugenia G. Amor

Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor of his own brain”.

This quote reminds me the concept of neural plasticity, which I have explored within my comic “Gray Matter” in the Fall 2016 Intima, a phenomena leveraged by surgeons and researchers in order to achieve a more extensive resection of gliomas without damaging functional areas of the brain. 

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