In one of the most disarmingly powerful commencement addresses I’ve ever heard, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, spoke of what he considers the five essential questions in life.
Number five on his list is “what truly matters?”
Healthcare ethicist Dr. Ellen Fox takes on the same question, using curiosity to help others reach good decisions when faced with ethical dilemmas.
Questions of curiosity and quality of life have shown up here before. Dr. Raya Kheirbek of the VA’s Office of Patient Centered Care specializes in narrative medicine. She joined me to talk about bringing a deep curiosity to the patient/doctor relationship — one that keeps the doctor’s humanity in mind as well. It was no accident that Ellen was the one who led me to Raya…