You should enjoy this

Neil Gaiman Turns His Grad Speech Into ‘Good Art’
May 14, 2013

0:32 I got out into the world and wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more.

On the advice he got from horror writer Stephen King:
the most important piece of advice I was ever given, came in 1992 from Stephen King:
‘This is really wonderful, this is special. You should enjoy this. Just make a point of enjoying it.’

9:11 GAIMAN: And that feeling of just having created something, it’s a very, very real thing, that being able to look around and go, I’ve just improved the world by something that wasn’t there before

The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.
18:43 Someone asked me recently how to do something she thought it was going to be difficult. In this case recording an audiobook.
I suggested she pretends that she is someone who could do it. No pretend to do it, but pretend she was someone who could. She put up a note to this effect on the studio wall and she said it helped.
So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom.
And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave as they would.
[related: Shonda Rhimes]

Now go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules, leave the world more interesting …


Well, let’s assume he can do everything

Clues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research
March 17, 2015·

“Putting together a puzzle of a face,” Sherman says, “he initially had put the eyes in the wrong place and then looked at my face and said, ‘Oh, no, your nose actually goes between your eyes.’ ”
But during that time doctors and developmental health experts still didn’t know why Jonathan was having so much trouble. And that turned out to be a good thing, says his father, Richard. “Not knowing what the diagnosis was we said, ‘Well, let’s assume he can do everything,’ ” he says.

I’m trying to beat cancer for the fifth time

“I’m trying to beat cancer for the fifth time. The first time was in 1997, and the doctor told me that I’d only live for six months. I’ve had it in my armpit, my knee, my back, and twice in my groin. Life keeps throwing me curveballs. I keep hitting them.”
July 8, 2015
Humans of New York


We all need our Heroes

The Hero in Medicine
Michael Radetsky, MD
JAMA. May 5, 2015;313(17):1715.

We all need our heroes.

I am nearing the end of my career in medicine. Like others who reach this professional milestone, I have mixed feelings about my doctoring life. At the beginning I was in love with the nobility of the profession. Now I am not so sure. Enthusiasm in medicine often fades with advancing age. Intense clinical practice fosters isolation. Long hours monopolize time. The repetitive patterns of illness blunt the sense of discovery and dull the edge of motivation. Professional satisfaction has not fully compensated for a waning sense of wonder. Now more than ever I am in need of inspiration. And so, as always, I turn to my hero.

… In a profession that contains many personal risks, too often we feel alone. Other physicians often will not help; family and friends often cannot help. So when I struggle with dark emotions, when I feel insufficient to the task, when I feel disoriented, as I do now, I look to my hero for guidance.

Family Health History: The Case for Better Tools
Brandon M. Welch, MS, PhD1; Willard Dere, MD2; Joshua D. Schiffman, MD3,4
JAMA. May 5, 2015;313(17):1711-1712
This Viewpoint discusses the importance of the family health history and the need for novel family history tools in the changing health care environment.

Continued Progress Against Hepatitis C Infection
Hari Conjeevaram, MD
JAMA. May 5, 2015;313(17):1716-1717

Ramelteon for Prevention of Delirium in Hospitalized Older Patients
Stany M. T. Perkisas, MD; Maurits F. J. Vandewoude, MD
JAMA. 2015;313(17):1745-1746.

Anatomic Nomenclature
Albert C. Eycleshymer, B.S., M.D., Ph.D.
JAMA. 2015;313(17):1760.
On the various structures of the human body there has piled up such a mass of technical terms that the science of anatomy staggers beneath its own terminology.