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Dr. Hope

Monday Feb 03, 2014
  The most common critique that I get about my writing pertains to my tendency to use big words. I’ve been making efforts to remedy this ailment, but today, please indulge me. Here’s a short blog post with one big word that I just learned: “reify.”   In previous posts, we have emphasized the importance of setting goals in order to be hopeful.  My goals might be for the short-term or the long-range. I might...
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Monday Jan 06, 2014
While packing up to leave work today, a colleague asked if I’d see just one more patient.  Acquiescing, I set out to meet with Manny, a 39-year-old man diagnosed almost three years ago with a rare spinal cord tumor. The neurosurgeon’s attempt to remove the mass had proven unsuccessful. What’s more, during the operation, a large blood vessel was accidentally severed, causing extensive hemorrhage.  Doctors eventually...
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Monday Dec 02, 2013
Hope requires looking to the future. A future-oriented outlook typically involves goal setting. It's not always easy, though, to set goals that are attainable. On the oncology wards where I work, almost all patients aspire to achieve cure.  I'm all for that, especially since one of medicine’s best-kept secrets is that, today, most cancer patients are still alive five years from diagnosis, and most who reach the five-year-survival...
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Monday Nov 04, 2013
Welcome to our new blog.  My name is Dr. Ben Corn.  Some people familiar with my mawkishly sentimental puns assume that I adopted my surname in deference to my "corny" personality.  In fact, research shows that often, in the 15th century, when surnames--or family names--became popular, they reflected their owners’ occupations.      “Corn” has no relation to my occupation. I'm an...
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Monday Oct 28, 2013
Hard to believe, we've come to the final installment of this blog. I'm shaking as I type the words. Throughout the last month, people have sent me suggestions for a closing title.  Among my favorites are "53," "Coda Corn," "A Blog Dies," and "I Was Just Kidding; None of it Was Really True."  I’ll explain, down below, the meaning of my choice.  For now, though, join me in this final,...
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