What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
Have you ever had a moment at work when you were so overwhelmed by how you felt, either for personal reasons or because of something that happened at work that it was hard for you to function? This hour on Focus, we'll hear about the intersection between human emotion, medicine and patient care.
We’ve all seen the caricature of the unfeeling, cold-hearted, bitter doctor on cable television. Gregory House, after all, is not an exactly a model for compassion. Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Dr. Ofri about why that caricature developed and how it affects the way doctors practice medicine.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Douglas Nelson, a licensed massage therapist from Champaign, President of BodyWorks Associates and founder of NMT MidWest, a teaching institute focused on massage and pain management. His new book “The Mystery of Pain,” takes a scientific look at what pain actually is and how it affects the body. We’ll talk with him about the subjectivity involved when it comes to thinking about and treating pain.
Last year in Illinois, nearly 200 cancer patient’s lives were saved after having bone marrow transplants, but there are still more than 300 people waiting for a match and need a transplant from someone who isn’t in their family. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about bone marrow transplants and the need for donors. Shelley Baker, who is with the Be the Match National Marrow Donor Registry will be here. We’ll also talk with Brendan Harley, an Urbana resident who has twice defeated cancer, once thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Host Jim Meadows will also talk with Harley about how the experience and how it propelled him to pursue a career in cancer research.