8 Jun 2021
Breaking Bad News….Badly
One of the situations I encountered in a surgical outpatient clinic impacted me deeply. The patient was an 89-year-old gentleman diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma. The …
1 Apr 2021
Public and personal interests — conflicted.
The practice of medicine often pits public interest against the needs and sensitivities of the individual.
23 Mar 2021
Literally Medicine: The Courage to be Disliked ~ Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga (1 April Event)
Literally Medicine: The Courage to be Disliked ~ Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga Medical Humanities Book Club If you are interested in reading books and …
26 Feb 2021
My pounding heart.
Walking slowly on a path,
With wind gently brushing on our faces,
My heart beat against chest wall out of tempo.
9 Feb 2021
Podcast: On becoming a healer
In this podcast, which builds on Dr. Weiner’s book, On Becoming a Healer: The Journey from Patient Care to Caring about Your Patients (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), two physicians, take a thoughtful, critical look at medical training and the culture of medicine.
1 Feb 2021
An Uneasy Experience
An Uneasy Experience 55 Word Essay An old man lay beside my grandpa’s geriatric bed with his amputated right leg — up to mid-calf. Someday later, he lost …
27 Jan 2021
The wrong button; a serendipitous diagnosis.
The wrong button; a serendipitous diagnosis. By Dr Lam Muk When the electronic medical records showed a newly admitted 18-year-old with fever, my first …
19 Jan 2021
My Brain is in a war it will lose.
My Brain is in a war it will lose. In this wonderful essay, Carrie Jade Williams, who was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease at the age …
13 Jan 2021
Is Life Priceless?
Is Life Priceless? In her article ‘Capitalism Has its Limits’, Judith Bulter asserted that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed how different values are attached to …
2 Dec 2020
‘What may I do for you?’
‘What may I do for you?’ One late night, an old lady with advanced malignancy was admitted to the hospital. Routinely, I asked her family for …
3 Nov 2020
Studying medicine affected my mental health — here’s what I learnt ~Perry Crofts
Studying medicine affected my mental health — here’s what I learnt ~Perry Crofts HKU’s mental health health month may have drawn to a close, but we are …
21 Oct 2020
On Being A Coward
On Being A Coward Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely — John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton It was my second night as a houseman. …
24 Sep 2020
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. Kay Redfield Jamison. Dr Kay Redfield Jamison has bipolar disorder (manic depression). She is also a clinical psychologist …
1 Sep 2020
What is the right thing to do?
What is the right thing to do? When we think about ethical dilemmas in medical ethics, we often end up with more questions than answers. We …
31 Jul 2020
Not Seeing the Wood for the Trees.
Not Seeing the Wood for the Trees. A first year student’s perspective on the MBBS journey. Right now, I’m in the middle of a hike. When …
16 Jul 2020
Book Review. A Million Little Pieces — James Frey https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Little-Pieces In a recent Medical Humanities tutorial, a final year medical student asked how he, an educated young man …
9 Jul 2020
Illness: the cry for flesh
Illness: the cry for flesh Professor Jane Macnaughton of Durham University visited us in 2017. She introduced this excellent book, authored by her project collaborator to …
9 Jul 2020
Modern Death: How Medicine Changed The End of Life
Modern Death: How Medicine Changed The End of Life Nothing is more certain in life than death. Yet recent advances in medicine and technology have dramatically …
6 Jul 2020
成為一個新人：我們與精神疾病的距離 MEHU每年與瑪麗醫院精神科醫生們合作，邀請精神疾病康復者照顧者與MBBS四年級學生進行對話工作坊。三年來，許多書陸續在港台出版，都是相當有參考性的課前、課後讀本。 《成為一個新人》是二○一六年起，由台灣調查媒體報導者記者張子午所深入追蹤的精神疾病相關議題與種種事件。從精神病患者個人自述，以及醫師、親友、社工的聲音，到社會案件的發生與精神鑑定、法院、收容機構的情形等等，這一系列深度報導，揭露出現今社會裡，精神疾病患者主體發聲的艱難，與談論精神疾病所會面臨的困境。 從最聰慧敏感的心靈到最兇殘冷血的暴行，這個疾病可以是藝術的繆思，也可以是對社會的詛咒，擺盪在兩種極端中間，則是每日平凡生活中不足為外人道的受苦經驗，社會大眾則各自從不同的認知及想像投射出充滿歧異的概念。 我們與精神疾病，究竟有多少距離？ 還是，正因為刻意與之保持距離，才醞釀成衝突？ 解決之道，唯有看見，唯有理解，唯有與之零距離的「共存」。 新書即將上市。報導者刊登了台灣著名導演吳念真的專訪。在成為導演之前，他曾是台北市立療養院的圖書館員。這篇文章見證了他四十年來與精神疾病共處的點點滴滴。
6 Jul 2020
5 apps offered by Richard Horton while facing COVID19
5 apps offered by Richard Horton while facing COVID19 Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of The Lancet recently published a timely prescription for us to …
6 Jul 2020
Global Healing and the emergence of care literature
Global Healing and the emergence of care literature In Global Healing: Literature, Advocacy, Care, Professor Karen Laura Thornber of Harvard University combines comparative literature, world …
23 Jun 2020
The Soul of Care
The Soul of Care At HKU Faculty of Medicine, the Medical Humanities curriculum stresses many different aspects of care. Many workshops are designed surrounding the topic. …