Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • A Christmas Truce 99 Years Ago

    For the past four years, I have written about the Christmas Truce of 1914, which has been become mythic in its meaning. During World War I, about 100,000 German and British troops were amassed at the Western Front, each preparing for a brutal war. In the quiet and cold of the dark night, the Germans,

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  • Patients, Privacy, and Hospital Noise

    I have been writing and speaking about hospital noise and patient privacy for more years than I care to remember and have come to the conclusion that no matter how we wrap it, hospital noise is an unruly child and patient privacy has been kidnapped by HIPAA. Further, the two seldom meet for coffee and

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  • Panic About Health Reform on the Day After Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is celebrated as a day of gratitude. The day after Thanksgiving, something magical happens: Black Friday obliterates all gratitude and replaces it with blatant panic, fear, and urgency. This year, for some, it only took a few hours after turkey dinner to enter into the frightening abyss. Thanksgivingitus: a condition rampant among communities and

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