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  • Where do Palliative Care Patients “Fit” in the Emergency Department?

    The opportunity to observe the organization of care for people nearing the end-of-life in the emergency department (ED) has been a fascinating experience as a sociologist and Phoenix Fellow. (See my previous post describing my Fellowship Project) Many of my observations were expected but others truly surprised me. For example, I expected the ED to…


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  • Anything but Routine

    A few months ago my friend “Sophia” told me she was preparing to have a hysterectomy. The surgery was medically necessary, and she had found a gynecologist of good repute whom she trusted, so she was resolved to go through with it. But at an emotional and spiritual level she found herself recoiling with trepidation…


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  • Bridging the Normal/Disabled Divide

    How disability is understood and addressed in healthcare practices has been critiqued by disability scholars and advocates for the last 30 years and yet we see little of this critique in our professional journals, websites, or conferences. The following is an edited excerpt from Chapter Two of my new book, Rehabilitation: A Post-critical Approach (Boca…


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  • AMS Hannah Chair, Susan Lamb, wins 2016 Cheiron Book Prize

    Congratulations to Dr. Susan Lamb, AMS Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, on her recent win of the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize. Acknowledging the book’s exceptional contributions to the understanding of Adolf Meyer and the field he singularly shaped, Cheiron has awarded the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize to Susan D. Lamb (U. Ottawa) for The Pathologist of the…


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