Oliver Sacks died today. A great man.

Posted by: on August 30, 2015

I didn’t know him very well, but what a difference he made in my life, from abstract–his writing and thinking–to personal. He befriended me and my work, and my life changed. He did this for many people. For his obituary, see http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science.

Dr. Virtual and Dr. Personal: Finding the Right Place for Technology in Medicine

Posted by: on July 8, 2015

Dr. S. was invited to Budapest to give a TEDx talk, and also to debate Dr. Bertalan Mesko MD PHD, a medical futurist, on Apps. v. Medicine, at the first Annual Brain Bar Budapest. She began the debate with a 2o minute talk on: Dr. Virtual and Dr. Personal, telling three stories about technology in medicine; The good, the bad, and the ugly. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc2MqZR5x80

Practicing Slow Medicine: An Interview with Dr. Sweet

Posted by: on April 12, 2015

Live interview in San Diego on Channel Six:

Overmedicalizing Death, Underspiritualizing Death, and—Could Death be Enjoyable?

Posted by: on February 11, 2015

I’ll be leading a session, along with Dr. Grace Dammann, at the Third Annual meeting of the Lown Institute on Tuesday, March 10, 10:30 am, in the Omni Hotel, San Diego. The idea behind our session is this:

Since 1969, when Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross first published her groundbreaking book, On Death and Dying, we’ve come a long way towards making death and dying tolerable. Hospice units and hospice care; palliative medicine; advanced life directives; the concept of non-beneficence. And yet we’re still facing—for ourselves and our patients—an overmedicalized and underspiritualized death. What can we do about that? What’s in the way? For doctors, patients, and families? In institutions and the law? And what can we do to remove these obstructions?

Dying is hard—What can we do to make it easier? What are the next steps, practically, for us to take? Could we ever look forward to Death?


The Second Most Checked-out Library Book in San Francisco

Posted by: on January 18, 2015

We were thrilled about this: http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2015/01/15/san-franciscos-most-commonly-checked-out-library-books/#photo-578782

GOD’S HOTEL attends Taiwan Awards ceremony

Posted by: on January 13, 2015

When I heard from my editor 18 months ago that God’s Hotel was going to be translated into Traditional Chinese and published in Taiwan—I was thrilled. It was the first foreign country to translate and publish my work, and I was thrilled for that, but also because it meant I’d succeeded in making my experience as a doctor in a very unusual hospital in San Francisco California, compelling and important outside the United States, as well as inside it.Then I got the galleys, and what a beautiful edition! I love the care with which the book has been done, the cover especially, and I would like to thank the editor, Ms Baywen Chang and the translator Ms Cindy Hung for their incredible work at making God’s Hotel powerful and clear enough so that it could be selected as a Best Book for 2014.

GOD’S HOTEL  is really thrilled. It loves awards.


Baywen Chang accepting the award. open%20book%20award1-2





GOD’S HOTEL chosen as BEST BOOK for Taiwan 2014

Posted by: on December 29, 2014

China Times has selected God’s Hotel as one of the ten Best Books (in translation) for Taiwan, 2014. Details to follow.

Slow Medicine on the NPR blog

Posted by: on December 7, 2014

This is another excellent piece with some very interesting comments: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/05/368736643/if-slow-is-good-for-food-why-not-medicine

Slow Medical Education

Posted by: on December 2, 2014

It’s about time! A fascinating article in this month’s Academic Medicine: Slow_Medical_Education_.98912

GOD’S HOTEL now has a Reader’s Guide for Grade Levels 9-12

Posted by: on November 25, 2014

Kind of amazing and thrilling: https://www.teachervision.com/medical-care/discussion-guide/75016.html