Dr. Sweet’s Commencement Address: “Occupy Your Selves”

Posted by: on May 20, 2016

Dr. Sweet spoke at the Undergraduate Commencement for Sacred Heart University in Connecticut on May 15, 2016. For her address, see here, starting at 48:45–58:17. http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/news/newsstories/2016/may/sacred-heart-university-celebrates-50th-commencement-.html

Interview with Berkeley Wellness on Slow Medicine

Posted by: on March 3, 2016

A good interview: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-community/health-care-policy/article/inside-slow-medicine-movement

The Inefficiency of Efficiency

Posted by: on January 21, 2016

An excellent article, finally, on Medical Taylorism, has been published in the New England Journal of Medicinehttp://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1512402.

Frederick W. Taylor was the fellow who wrote The Principles of Scientific Management, ironically enough, published the same year as Abraham Flexner’s report on how to make medical schools that could educate excellent, humanistic and scientific physicians. Taylor was the efficiency expert who followed his factory workers around with a stopwatch, broke their crafts into single tasks, and insisted that each one do the repetitive, mind-numbing work that has come to represent the twentieth century. He fired those who continued to try to practice their craft as a craft, as “inefficient.”

In this essay,  Hartzband and Groopman analyze how this same approach, Taylorism, is now being applied to physicians, and is not simply pernicious, but wrong. Worth reading.

Dr. Sweet appeared on KALW to discuss how Slow Medicine can Save Money

Posted by: on December 17, 2015

So tune in: http://kalw.org/post/next-city-visions-how-can-slow-medicine-save-money

God’s Hotel reviewed in Switzerland

Posted by: on December 9, 2015

For all those readers of German, here: http://www.luzern60plus.ch/aktuell/kolumne/wenn-expertokratie-krank-macht/#.VmfhW0xrDuc.mailto

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

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Practicing Slow Medicine: An Interview with Dr. Sweet

Posted by: on April 12, 2015

Live interview in San Diego on Channel Six:

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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

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