The Human Spirit is a Force To Behold

By  |  March 3, 2011 | 

This post is not about hospital medicine.

This post is not about physicians.

This post is not about accountable or patient-centered care.

It trumps all of them.

It’s about the human spirit and its beauty.

I knew of Let Me Down Easy only owing to references on NPR, a review here or there, or a mention on PBS.  I am not a patron of the arts, so my interest in Anna Deavere Smith’s show was nominal at best.

My lapse, and perhaps one day I will love the arts like my colleagues.  I do recognize that rhapsodic stare however; that moment where one is absorbed into the passion a fine performance arouses.  You see it the eyes.  People recede into their seats, disappearing for a few short moments.

I watched this clip, and that patron was I.  The tears streamed down my face.

As I said, this show is not about hospitalists.  Yet it is about everything we do, and the ideals we must strive to achieve.

Anna Deavere Smith

“…her one-woman show about the human body, the human spirit, and the health care system. The full-length production is based on over 300 interviews and portrays more than 20 people and their experiences.”

Go to the 35’ mark.  Watch for five minutes, and when your through, pass it on to a fellow physician or friend.

Let me down easy.  Amen.

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About the Author: Brad Flansbaum

Brad Flansbaum
Bradley Flansbaum, DO, MPH, MHM works for Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA in both the divisions of hospital medicine and population health. He began working as a hospitalist in 1996, at the inception of the hospital medicine movement. He is a founding member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and served as a board member and officer. He speaks nationally in promoting hospital medicine and has presented at many statewide meetings and conferences. He is also actively involved in house staff education. Currently, he serves on the SHM Public Policy Committee and has an interest in payment policy, healthcare market competition, health disparities, cost-effectiveness analysis, and pain and palliative care. He is SHM’s delegate for the AMA House of Delegates. Dr. Flansbaum received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He received his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is a political junky, and loves to cook, stay fit, read non-fiction, listen to many genres of music, and is a resident of Danville, PA.


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