Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 28, 2002 · Page 7
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NATION Monday, October 28, 2002 — Page 7 Med students recall bedside anecdotes By ALICIA CHANG Associated Press Writer COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — A half century ago, she used her wits and courage to save her family and their farm animals from a raging fire. Now the 85-year-old woman battles dementia. She barely recognizes her surroundings'even during regular visits with her doctor and his third-year medical student. Andrew Brown said he found himself "trying desperately to connect with this patient. I wanted to know her as the person that was just described to me, to break down the wall her dementia had built up around her." Brown, 28, is among dozens of medical students from Columbia University and the University of Rochester who recount their experiences with patients in a new anthology, "Let Me Listen to Your Heart: Writings by Medical Students." One writer recalled how a 47-year- old woman with a history of obesity and depression let down her guard and spilled her worries and fears after the student took the time to listen to her. Then there was the 73-year-old diabetic woodworker, who gave a vintage carpenter's tool to the medical student who treated him like a person, not a disease. Another patient blamed herself for the demise of her business and troubled marriage. She thanked the stu- dent who told her that life was worth living. One of the students wrote of crying . for the first time in more than a decade while holding the hand of a dying man. "The reason for having students write about their work is to share their own feelings on what it's like to start dealing with patients in a way that they might not do spontaneously," said Dr. David Svahn, a professor of medicine at Columbia and one of the book's editors. Some students were frustrated that the diagnosis of an illness was not as clear-cut as medical textbooks often suggest; others felt stung when patients asked to see the doctor rather than the medical student; most realized the importance of listening to the sick. "I am reminded of the power and importance of listening," wrote Andrew Alexis. "As one of the most valuable skills that can be employed by a physician, it is easily overlooked or underestimated." These writers and poets in white coats can trace their roots to the father of medicine, Hippocrates, the fourth century B.C. Greek practitioner, who wrote "The Physician's Oath." Others have followed the literary path. The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was a surgeon; American poet William Carlos Williams delivered 3,000 babies as a pediatrician; Sir Thomas Browne, Francois Rabelais and U.S. continues push for Iraq resolution Like British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, right, and American poet William Carlos Williams, left, dozens of medical students recount their experiences with patients in a new anthology. (AP photos) Anton Chekhov all were practicing physicians. While trade journals like the Annals of Internal Medicine and Vhe Journal of the American Medical Association contain writings by doctors, they are read by professionals in the field. Svahn said he wants this book to demystify the art of doctoring and reach a wider audience. "As we began to read their stories in front of people and were greeted with listeners being moved and heartened, we realized that these should be shared with a larger audience," Svahn said. In 1996, Dr. Alan Kozak, inspired by his training at the University of Rochester, required third-year students training at Bassett Healthcare, a network of rural hospitals and clinics in this baseball town, to etch a poem, story or essay about their experiences. The idea for the book evolved in 1999, after more than 200 pieces were collected. To protect patient confidentiality, names of both patients and their doctors were changed in the book. "Medicine is science and art," Svahn said. "The science is great but you can't lose sight of the fact that medicine involves humanism." Most medical schools integrate humanities and medicine, either informally or as part of a curriculum; some students publish their own literary magazines, but their audience is usually limited to their peers. By GEORGE GEDDA Associated Press Writer PHOENIX — Beginning a crucial week in the global debate over Iraq, President Bush is keeping up pressure on the United Nations to back its words with force and repeating that the United States is prepared to disarm Saddam Hussein with or without U.N. support. "If the U.N. won't act, if Saddam Hussein will not act, if he continues to defy the world, the United States —in the name of peace — will lead a coalition to disarm Saddam Hussein," Bush said Sunday while campaigning in Arizona for Republican candidates in next week's elections. Bush administration officials are pushing for a U.N. Security Council vote by the end of the week on a resolution authorizing the use of military force if the Iraqi leader doesn't disarm. But the five council members with veto power remain divided. Russia and France introduced their own proposals Friday that do not threaten military action. Bush also did not appear to win new support for his stand on Iraq at this weekend's Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Mexico. The administration's strategy is to persuade allies that Bush will confront Saddam one way or another. That forces them to choose between backing the United States or swal- lowing a dose of irrelevancy as Bush proceeds without them. Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters Saturday that the five Security Council members agree that "it is time to bring the remaining issues to a head" and if they can't be resolved "let's come to that realization and move forward." White House press secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters Sunday thai the United Nations faces the choice of acting firmly against Iraq or returning to "acquiescence slumber." "This is the United Nations' chance- to do some good, or ihis is the United Nations' chance to fail," he told reporter? aboard Air Force One. In Phoenix, Bush recalled the challenge; he made before the United Nat ons in September. 'I said to them, 'Show us whether (• not you can be effective. We want 5 ;u to be effective in the name of peace. We want to have people listen to your word,"' he said. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said on "Fox News Sunday" that it would be helpful — but not essential — for the United Slates to have U.N. support before acting against Iraq. He said the United States should insist on tough inspections. But to reach an agreement on a resolution, it may be necessary to compromise in spelling out the consequences Iraq would face if it impeded inspectors. If inspectors are blocked, then the United States could go back to the United Nations. Democrats awaiting Mondale's answer By BRIAN BAKST Associated Press Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Vice President Walter Mondale has gotten a crucial vote of confidence from the family of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone as Democrats scramble to replace the fallen senator on the Nov. 5 ballot "Mr. Mondale is the choice of the Wellstone family," said Mike Erlandson, chairman of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Erlandson said Wellstone's son personally asked Mondale on Sunday to take over the race. A group of up to 875 Minnesota Democrats will meet Wednesday to officially choose the substitute candidate for Wellstone, who died Friday in a plane crash along with his wife, daughter and three campaign workers. Two pilots also died. The crash threw the battle for control of the Senate into question with the Nov. 5 election nearly a week away. The race had been tight between former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman and Wellstone and was a top target of Republicans trying to regain control of the chamber. Erlandson said the family's choice would weigh heavily in the party's decision. He said he believes Mondale, a household name in Minnesota, will run if nominated. Mondale, 74, hasn't returned calls to reporters or answered the door at his Minneapolis home. Those close to Mondale said he isn't expected to comment publicly on a potential candidacy until after Tuesday's memorial service for the crash victims. If Democrats succeed in drafting Mondale, it will give them a powerhouse candidate for a six-day campaign against Coleman, who entered the race at the urging of President Bush. State Republican officials have said they would attempt to cast a Mondale-Coleman race as a choice between a reluctant placeholder and someone who is eager to do the work. Mondale represented Minnesota in the Senate from 1964 to 1976 before becoming vice president under Jimmy Carter. He won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 but losl in a landslide to Ronald Reagan. "Walter Mondale is a good man," Coleman said Sunday, declining to comment further on his potential opponent. "There will be a campaign, but now is not the time." Erlandson said David Wellstone asked Mondale to run in his father's place. The younger Wellstone and other surviving family members had no comment, the late senator's campaign staff said. "Mr. Mondale certainly is a very broad sentimental choice of Democrats across the slale of Minnesola, bul I do remind people that we have a democratic process at the DFL party," Erlandson said. National Democratic leaders also have reached out to Mondale over the past two days. During a visit to Wellstone's campaign headquarters Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Mondale was clearly the strongest choice, calling him "the great unifier." "People in this state, people in this country can unite behind his strength," he said. Other names being suggested as possible replacements on the ballot include Mondale's son, Ted, an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate; Skip Humphrey, former state attorney general and son of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey; state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, a former pro football slar; and state Al- Decorate Your Home With The Look Of Autumn * Scarecrows * Decoys * Folk Dolls * Pie Racks * Wood Pumpkins * Wreaths * Step Baskets * Candles * Lamps & Shades *SALE* Berry Garland & Wreaths ~ (724) 463-7910 1486 Old Rl. 119 N.. Indiana torney General Mike Hatch. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer on Sunday said the administration would wait until the Democrats formally name a replacement before commenting on the race. "It's still appropriate to let the people of Minnesota grieve," he said. Sunday, relatives of the six passengers and two pilots visited the northern Minnesota crash site. 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