Our greatest treasure is found in deep, real communication with each other.
When this is nurtured, especially in times of suffering, two people can establish something of almost mystical quality: a reciprocal connection that brings us to a place of charity and empathy that crosses cultural, social, and racial boundaries. Without such communication, we remain miles apart…
My ‘why’ in medicine is about finding the person in the patient, using touch first and technology second. The powerful combination of humanity and compassion, enmeshed within our modern technological world, is the best way to do good for others.
EDDB Author Note excerpt
Delirium, a syndrome of cerebral insufficiency
Engel and Romano
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 1959
The problem of delirium is far from an academic one. Not only does the presence of delirium often complicate and render more difficult the treatment of a serious illness, but also it carries the serious possibility of permanent irreversible brain damage.
Effect on the duration of mechanical ventilation of identifying patients capable of breathing spontaneously
Efficacy and safety of a paired sedation and ventilator weaning protocol for mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care (Awakening and Breathing Controlled trial): a randomised controlled trial
“My mother always said she wrote from the Black perspective, but she aimed for the human heart.” We talked about the challenges that racial tensions bring up for society and individuals, and the way the pandemic had shown that some communities are more vulnerable than others. It made me stop and think about how I could change my work as a doctor for the better, and I shared this with him. Mr. Johnson seemed to understand and told me of the need for society to embrace a spirit of “cultural empathy.”
The more I understand and incorporate cultural empathy into my bedside practice as a physician, the better I can care for my patients both in and beyond the ICU. The more I will be able to say, “I see you.”