Being in the present moment: developing the capacity for mindfulness in medicine.

@article{Connelly1999BeingIT,
  title={Being in the present moment: developing the capacity for mindfulness in medicine.},
  author={Julia Connelly},
  journal={Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges},
  year={1999},
  volume={74 4},
  pages={420-4}
}
Medical practice is beset by interruptions, contests for the attention of the physician, and urgent demands that diminish the attentiveness required for the humanistic care of patients. This essay discusses skills for "being in the present moment" that can help doctors to overcome distractedness. Because of some striking similarities between the experience of reading poetry and the attentiveness required of medicine, the author uses 19th- and 20th-century American poetry to illustrate the state… CONTINUE READING

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