Colleen Farrell, MD+ Your Authors @colleenmfarrell Internal medicine resident in New York City. Soon-to-be pulmonary and critical care fellow. Writer. Creator of @MedHumChat. Views mine. May. 05, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Today's issue of @JAMA_current celebrates 40 years of "A Piece of My Mind," a humanistic respite in medical literature.

I am so honored that my essay "Systole and Diastole, Strength and Openness" was selected to be republished in this special issue. 

Here is the full text of my essay, which explores the metaphor of the diastole (the heart opening and filling) and the necessary work of tending to our souls: 

I'm honored to be featured alongside incredible writers like @LouiseAronson @donberwick @gradydoctor @RedMDND and many others. Thank you @PreetiNMalani for editing this column and your beautiful editorial for the issue.

I love this beautiful commentary by Dr. Abraham Verghese @cuttingforstone:

"Stories are instructions for living and are the way we make sense of our lives. We are never in more need of them than now." 

Full text of the Verghese essay:

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