The “I Wonder” series
Most of the episodes produced on BrainWaves have something to do with neurology or medicine or stroke–which is my favorite subject. But sometimes we derail into segues on the history medicine and other disciplines in the humanities. In this experimental episode of BrainWaves, I got to ask Dr. Ali Hamedani whatever question I wanted. And he never saw this question coming.
I wanted to call this miniseries within BrainWaves something like “Ali knows” or “Ask Ali” because I have never seen him stumped. Obviously he does not know everything. And he’s the most humble guy I know, so he would never admit to being omniscient. But he gets pretty close when it comes to healthcare. So, I invited him to rejoin me for a few episodes to ask some of the harder questions in medicine. Questions that don’t have answers in textbooks or periodicals. And I’ve called it the “I Wonder” series. In this inaugural episode, Dr. Ali answers the question:
How much does a patient’s negative attitude impact the care you give them?
This question stems from an article my aunt sent me several months ago, which you can find on New York Times here. I’m not going to summarize it for you, you should just take a moment to read it.
But I will say there are a number of resources the medical resident can reference which can inform you about how to conduct yourself in a challenging patient situation. I don’t recommend The House of God, but it’s an awesome book you should have read anyway. [You can use this link to buy the book for only $8 on Amazon if you haven’t already added it to your library.] You’ll notice in the episode this week that Dr. Hamedani does not talk about The House of God. He’s above that. Instead, he’s got more legitimate advice on how to survey your audience, how to recognize whether they are receptive of your medical advice/care, and [if they aren’t] how to more optimally deliver this care? I’ll spare you the rest of the details for now. So check out the brief, 12 min episode, and let us know what you think about this miniseries within the BrainWaves podcast.
BrainWaves’ podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision making. …But you can probably learn a lot about how to talk with your patients from Dr. Hamedani. So take some notes. He invented the bedside manner.