Art and Healing — How can it help?

Writer, publisher, and teacher Cheryl McLean recently posed this question to me: “How do you envision the healing arts having an impact in these challenging and chaotic times?” She gave me three minutes to respond, so this is what I came up with. “I shan’t attempt to address the specific challenges we’re all so very […]

Journeys with 1000 Heroes

I’m delighted to say that Wising Up Press, the US publishing company that published my 2018 memoir, Journeys with a Thousand Heroes: A Child Oncologist’s Story, has just made it available as an e-book on both Kindle and Apple. At CDN $6.88, it’s a snip, so enjoy!

Art in the ER

I’m back to posting extracts from my new medical memoir, Healing by Intent, which will be published soon by HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca). I especially like this piece because it’s the purest example of how art can be good for whatever ails you. Art in the ER ‘Maybe I don’t need a doctor. I […]

Hallo, Hallo

I was talking to our friend, Cathy Lin, who works her magic to lift our HARP manuscripts (www.harppublishing.ca) off our computers and ready them for the printers. It put me in mind of the most exotic trip I ever made. I was among a group of physicians and psychologists who visited our Chinese counterparts in […]

Allies

This is my third posting from my second medical memoir, Healing by Intent, to be published soon by HARP (www.harppublishing.ca). I especially like this story for the wonderful interweaving that Anne, our trainee pediatric oncologist, showed between her medical expertise and her deep humanity towards her patient, Shelley (name changed). And two months ago, perhaps […]

Healing by Intent – Prologue

I’ve just finished my second medical memoir, which I’m calling it Healing by Intent. So I’m posting a few extracts here on my website and on my Facebook site.  The last one I posted three weeks ago – Professional Grief –  was about the tough issue all we caregivers face, that of dealing with our […]

Singing to the Darkness by Patricia Vickers

I do hope you will join us for the fourth and final virtual book launch by HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca) of Indigenous author Patricia Vickers’ beautiful and important publication about her triumphant healing from inter-cultural and inter-generational violence. For this final episode, Dr. Gabor Mate will be Patricia’s guest.  Physician and much-published author Dr. […]

Extracts from my new medical memoir

Professional Grief Show me the data that solemnity ever cured anything, Patch Adams, MD  There’s a term for it. For the grief that caregivers experience when we lose one of our patients. We call it “professional grief”—a phrase that in its clinical dryness captures the all-too-rare acknowledgment of its very existence. We may be trained […]

Virtual Book Launch of Singing to the Darkness

Dr. Patricia Vickers is the first Indigenous author to be published by our publishing house, HARP The People’s Press (www.harppublishing.ca). I first learned about Feast Hall writing style in her inquiry, Singing to the Darkness, in which Patricia includes monologues and meditations along with twenty of her original art pieces. Dr. Gabor Maté, author of […]