Category Archives: perspective on illness: family

When Fact is Stranger than Fiction! (Continued). (From previous blog)

It is important to emphasize that what is being attempted here amounts to little more than a ‘cook’s tour’, incorporating only, where essential, the occasional rudimentary reference to brain neurobiology. In the first place, any detailed reference to the latter … Continue reading

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When fact is stranger than fiction. (continued from previous blog)

When Daniel Defoe took up the pen to write his famous novel “Robinson Crusoe”, he was, in reality, finding inspiration (and in that sense being guided) by established and well documented fact. Like countless individuals in their schooldays, I read … Continue reading

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Introduction (Continued) (From previous blog)

I intend to follow on here immediately from the above (so it might be as well to read its last sentence again). In Greek history (within which both legend and myth are inextricably intertwined) Asclepius• was the god of healing. … Continue reading

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HOW WE COPE: the Miracle of Brain. Intrduction.

Welcome back most warmly to http://www.coalfacecaring.com ; What has been offered hitherto in the form of previous blogs posted on this website, has throughout, focused on issues and concerns of day-to-day coping, with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Final thoughts on Human Stress.

In my last blog I made reference to the true account of a middle-aged patient, who was being treated for ovarian cancer, on the hospital oncology ward in which I was working at that time. I shall therefore assume that … Continue reading

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Coping with stress – Final thoughts.

Over the past weeks, I have attempted, to chart something of the history of our present-day usage of the word “stress”; especially in the sense of both its applications to, and implications for healthcare and quality of life. We have … Continue reading

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Final thoughts concerning these concluding remarks about stress.

Let me begin to bring this short series of blogs on stress to a close, with an attempt to describe a rationale or underlying strategy for what it is, that together, we have been attempting in these blogs to achieve. … Continue reading

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Stress Can Be Good For You: (Cont.d further).

Following on from last week’s posting, take an analogy if you will, concerning this profitable input of stress from the activity of the gymnasium and regular roadwork in athletic and sporting pursuit. Exposure to controlled bursts of stressful exercise and … Continue reading

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Stress Can Be Good For You: About Stress Generally.(Cont.d from last week).

The great and persisting worry – indeed, as one patient described it to me, “This clinging and inescapable mire” – amounts to something like this: “I am caught in a trap, knowing as I do that I am (or my … Continue reading

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Stress Can Be Good For You: about stress generally.

Over the past several weeks now we have been focussing our interest quite specifically on snxiety and depression. I hope you might agree that recently posted blogs have provided a detailed and fairly comprehensive coverage of both subject matters. At … Continue reading

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