Hammerschlag teaches Emergency Medicine how to heal

The word for health in the Navajo language is “hozho.” Hozho is also the word for truth, beauty, harmony, balance, and the great spirit. “What a wonderful concept: to be in balance, to be in harmony,” renowned psychiatrist Carl A. Hammerschlag, MD, CPAE, said. “When...

The Art of Self-Disclosure

©Daniel/AdobeStock PORTRAIT OF A PSYCHIATRIST – Series Editor, H. Steven Moffic, MD The question of whether to self-disclose in my work as a community psychiatrist is a non-issue—it must be done. No matter how well-intentioned and well-trained you are, the community...

Resurrected in Texas

Several months ago, a healthcare organization canceled a speaking engagement with me. They were concerned that my heart condition might keep me from appearing (see Schlagbyte, Sept,2019). I was a bit demoralized thinking my public speaking days were over, however my...

A Dork Elf

At a community arts and music festival last week, I happened upon a face painting booth. The artist, whose name tag introduced her as Marilyn; she was a tiny, middle-aged woman, with an engaging smile and wearing an Elf hat. I thought I need to do this; it was the...

Keep on Moving

I recently read an interview with Twyla Tharp the 78-year-old internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer who spoke about her new dance premiere “A Gathering of Ghosts”. The interviewer commented on her amazing productivity and energy at her age, and she said...

The Holy Box

The most precious gift I received in my work with Native people has been the awakening of my spiritual life. Their openness in sharing wisdom, traditions and ceremonial life have spoken deeply to me and opened me up to how many ways there are to learn beyond rational...

Getting Cancelled

I was scheduled to speak to a large multispecialty medical group in early Spring 2020. They were looking for someone who could educate, entertain, tell stories, and inspire doctors to sustain their healing spirit in these rapidly changing times in healthcare delivery....

The Will to Live

It’s been 10 months since my 21-year-old granddaughter, Kyah Rayne Cohen died from a fatal allergic reaction. There are no words, no explanations, that can describe such a loss, the most profound I have ever experienced. Not a day goes by that I don’t...

I Speak Freely, Not Fluently

Last week I went to lunch with my daughter, and after being seated by the Hostess our server came over, introduced herself and then asked what we like to drink, when she got to the word drink she began stuttering severely. There is that awkward moment when you don’t...

Still Punching My Time Card

I’ve been vacationing in the Pacific Northwest over the last several weeks, and in the midst of family joys got this additional great news. A drug specifically designed to treat my type of cardiomyopathy, has just been released on the market. Tafamidis (Vyndaqel)...