WHY DOES IT MATTER ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS?

Everyone, even the visitors, seems pressed for time. … The Hippocratic adage, “Art is life long, Life is short” is speeded up to a blur.

Everyone is too busy, urgently doing something else, and there is no longer enough time for the old meditative, speculative ward rounds or the amiable conversations at bedside.

The house staff, all of them … are careening through the corridors on their way to the latest “arrest call” … or deciphering computer messages from the diagnostic laboratories, or drawing blood and injecting fluids, or admitting in a rush the newest patient.

About the only professionals who are always on the wards, watching out for the unforeseen, talking and listening to the patient’s families, are the nurses, who somehow manage, magically, to hold the place together for all its tendency to drift toward shambles.

Communication is key not only to clinical professionals but each other porters, pharmacy, domestic and yes the tech guys.

What are the relationships between body, health, mobility and urban environments? What happens when these connections are out of balance? And how do traffic and mobility – by vehicle or bicycle – fit into this equation?

After recent events, A quote from Chaplin to remember. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Get to know one another first aid is more than health

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