Intima Archives / FIELD NOTES
A Familiar Accent | Edith Bracho-Sanchez | SPRING 2015
Who speaks for the patient? A young doctor takes on the role of translator during Neurology rounds.
A Patient Too Close to Home | Richard Cassidy | FALL 2012
During his training, a medical student meets a family who stirs up his memories.
A Selfless Goodbye | Pooja Reddy | FALL 2014
Can we plan a "good" death, one that isn't a burden on our family and friends? A reflection.
A Spanish Lesson | Jerold Lundgren and Joseph Featherall | FALL 2012
On a language trip to Guatemala, a team of doctors learns much more about communication than how to speak Spanish.
A Tale of Three Breasts | Carol Scott-Conner | SPRING 2015
There is a subjectivity in the way we see the body, as a group of surgeons and oncologists demonstrate.
A Student's Moment in NYC's Most Famous Hospital | Brian Sou | FALL 2014
Some patients flinch at the sight of a needle. A med student sees it happen and acts compassionately.
Approaching New Horizons | Mario de la Cruz | FALL 2011
What exactly is Narrative Medicine and how is it implemented? One practitioner describes its influence.
The Bubbling Fire in the Bone Marrow | Albert Howard Carter III | SPRING 2016
Meet Frank, a cancer patient, through the eyes of his massage therapist, a cancer survivor himself.
The Cat Doctor | Hans Steiner | SPRING 2015
Sometimes knowledge is gained, not lost, in translation: An intern gets a lesson in lingo.
The Choice | Keenan Whitesides | SPRING 2014
Do you mean I have a choice? A simple question gives a patient a brief respite from the routine of the hospital.
Dying Well: Choose Your Beverage | Esther Park & Gladys Rodriguez | SPRING 2015
We learn about the conflicts and profound contradictions every doctor faces in end-of-life care.
Ethics Consult: To Tell or Not To Tell | Ellen Kolton | FALL 2013
It's a quandary doctors often face: Whether or not to reveal information to a family about a patient whose privacy will then be violated.
The Goses | Gerard Spiniello | FALL 2014
To honor a rabbi’s beliefs or end his suffering? An M.D. guides a family through a spiritual dilemma.
Heart Failure | Rachel Conrad | SPRING 2014
A Buddhist story helps a clinician come to terms with burnout and insensitivity.
I Need to Tell This Story | Katherine Guess | FALL 2014
Her own medical trauma informs the way a clinician looks and listens.
Love and Medicine | Jennifer Stella | SPRING 2014
Getting to know you: A doctor considers ways to understand a patient's past life before illness.
The Lady In Pink | Anne-Laure Talbot | SPRING 2013
A critical lesson is learned through a seemingly routine encounter.
The Little Nowhere of the Mind | Kenneth Weinberg | FALL 2012
An ode to house calls and the way each one may enrich, transform and direct a doctor's life.
"Meaningfull" | Daniel Waters | FALL 2015
Definitions, definitions... even surgeons need to cut to the chase.
Medical Metamorphosis | Jessica Little | FALL 2014
During residency, a doctor facing alienation struggles to maintain her humanity.
Migrations | Esther Lee | SPRING 2016
A medical student and her patient struggle to communicate in a hospital far from their native countries.
Morning | Olivia DiLeonardo | FALL 2015
An acknowledgment of significance in the fragments of a day.
My Year in Narrative Medicine | Dana Gage | FALL 2011
A doctor reflects on learning a new discipline that is enlightening, rigorous and mysterious.
Nails | Katarina Doan-Thu Nguyen | SPRING 2013
One doctor learns that eyes aren't the only window into the soul.
One Thousand and One Diagnoses | Anna Rita Amboziak | SPRING 2014
It isn't always easy to engage a patient in narrative discourse, but the effort to do so has value.
Parodoxical Wishes | Dan Luftig | FALL 2013
Should a doctor feel guilty if he wishes for an unusual case? Can anything assuage that guilty feeling?
Pedagogy By the Oppressed: My Journey to Narrative Medicine | Apurva Khedagi | SPRING 2016
Unexpected pathways through the slums of India lead a young woman to a new field.
Poetic Therapy | Elaine Benton | SPRING 2013
A patient with Gaucher's and Parkinson's diseases advocates for poems as well as narrative medicine.
Pomegranate Hearts | Michelle Izmaylov | SPRING 2016
What remains when the forgotten parts of an experience are shed?
Ready or Not | H. Lee Kagan | SPRING 2014
What is our responsibility to witness a death when there is no one else there to witness?
Strength and Courage | David Pineles | FALL 2014
A patient’s mother gives a doctor a lifesaving lesson during pediatric rounds.
A close call brings a medical newcomer to a realization about drawing blood—and his calling.
Suffer Little Children | Pranav Nanda | FALL 2015
A reflection on the initial exposure to suffering, and the price of inaction.
Talking in Toys | Hans Steiner | SPRING 2015
Listening to a child who needs help is a form of play with profound implications.
Asking about a person's accent or hearing a tale about a moment in history enriches the clinical encounter for everyone involved
The Operation: The Value of Ethnography in Highlighting Social and Personal Complexity | Vaidehi Mujumdar | FALL 2014
In the heart of Mumbai, a researcher comes to understand the value of sharing stories.
Therapy Space | Andrea Hansell | SPRING 2016
Will you pass the "Cockroach test"?
When doctors don't listen—to patients and to each other—a needless tragedy can occur.
Viola Strings and Other Troubles: Mentoring a Medical Student's Artistic Endeavors | Erica Fletcher | SPRING 2014
Being in tune with others involves listening to what they say and considering what they need.
Voices | Susan Hannah | FALL 2011
We hear you: In their daily lives, clinicians listen and respond to a multitude of messages.
What Does a Doctor Look Like? | Lara Devgan | SPRING 2014
Medical competence is judged in many ways, but the perception of it is often predictable.
What Does A Patient Advocate Do? | Ellen Kolton | FALL 2013
There are times when a person who has seemingly lost everything teaches another what matters.
With Dignity | Ashley Chapman | SPRING 2016
A young medical student learns about loss while observing a veteran physician's empathy.
Witness | Anne Robinson | FALL 2013
Observations at a clinic in the Bronx reveal the important role a doula plays in the clinical encounter.
Writing the Cure | Linda Kobert | SPRING 2016
An unexpected diagnosis inspires a nurse to pursue alternative methods of self-care.