Journalist Katy Butler discusses her memoir, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: A Path to a Better Way of Death, why medicine and technology often cloud the larger issues of dying, and how we should contemplate the end of our lives....more
Posts Tagged: medicine
You’re probably aware of the placebo effect—because you think it’s real medication, a sugar pill, for example, relieves your pain—but have you heard of its evil twin, the nocebo effect?
Through different biological mechanisms, it achieves something very similar to the placebo effect, but reversed: If you’re told your sugar pill causes side effects like nausea or rashes, you might very well experience them....more
The unpublished catalogue of fiction inspired by illness is limitless, composed every day, at every hour, in every hospital, clinic, hospice, and bedroom where the ill and injured and even the mildly indisposed attempt to make sense of our altered conditions....more
In the fall of 2008 I was chatting with a woman I know about the upcoming presidential election. She was in her 60s, single, a funky dresser, world traveler, and amateur artist—what my mom would have called a “free-spirited Auntie Mame type”— so I was surprised by what she had to say: She was voting Republican....more
Joann Wypijewski on sex and the medical industry and the profit motives behind medicalizing sexual behavior. (via the fine folks at HTMLGIANT)...more