The Human Journalist
22 Jan, 2010
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This episode features an interview with Dr. Elissa Ely (left) — a psychiatrist in Boston, MA and an accomplished journalist, contributing regular Op-Ed pieces to The New York Times and The Boston Globe. As she mentions when asked about medical journalism, she considers herself not necessarily to be a medical journalist but to be a “human journalist.”
Dr. Ely talks about the human interactions that can be so fleeting yet profound; these are interactions that underlie not just medicine but everyday life. She also discusses the concept of “caring too much” for a patient, as well as the options for physicians who themselves deal with psychiatric issues on their own.