TeleHealth News


September 22, 2016




    Seat 4A placed me by the window on my way back from Florida. The early flight was half full and as we flew west, I watched the rivalry between day and night in the country bellow. Almost all my fellow travelers, were sleeping. I, was glued to the window, watching the lights of the towns flickering and going out with the arriving day. I recall thinking; "they have all heard of Elvis and know who the Beatles are. But I wonder how many know the name of their doctor?" Mementos of sand and sea safely stored in the archives of my mind, I reflected on the gift of memory.
     When my children were in high school, I drove them to school every morning. Occasionally, another student would carpool with us. Once, an exchange student from Scandinavia was with us. She was a charming young lady who spoke with a strong accent. A junior who was staying with a neighbor of ours. The radio was on the morning show and played a variety of songs. The next song caught her attention and she announced; "Oh Louie Armstrong."
     I was surprised that she knew the jazz master and asked if he was popular in Sweden. "Oh yes, my father owns many of his albums. He often plays a song or two on the radio when he takes us to school in the morning. This song makes me homesick."
     It is a strange thing; memory! How simple things in passing can awaken deep emotions or echos of past events. There are things that we will remember for ever and then those that are erased as dust by the passing wind. The fact that we have the ability to file them in our long term or short term memories is not in itself surprising. But what we chose to store is. Why so many of us recall such menial things as certain musicians, bands, actors or characters, yet cannot remember who the governor of our state or our senator is, or our doctor's instruction regarding diet and exercise. In remembering selectively, do we make our lives better or just easier to cope with? I suppose the tsunami of irrelevant daily data bombarding us makes this selective remembrance a necessity.
     As practitioners we face this dilemma daily. How do we make our patients follow our instructions and not forget them as soon as they get into their car and turn the radio on. Perhaps having the ability to remind our patients of our instructions would be beneficial. Fortunately today's technology provides us this ability. Tele-education and telehealth are two instruments in our medical-bag that we can use. But we must first care enough for our patients to make this extra effort. The hectic life, we ourselves live however makes this ever more challenging and the organizations we work for often make such efforts prohibitive. If we want to make lasting impression on our patients, it behooves us to remind them of us and our concern for them. Otherwise the memory of their visit will be erased as footsteps in the sand by the passing wave. [R. G.]


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Of Interest:

    Aristotle’s early attempts to understand memory in his treatise “On the Soul”, compared the human mind to a blank slate and theorized that all humans are born free of any knowledge and are the sum of their experiences.
     In antiquity, it was assumed that there were two sorts of memory: the “natural memory” that we are born with and the “artificial memory” trained through learning.
     American; William James and the German psychologist; Wilhelm Wundt, both carried out early basic research into how the human memory functions.
     However, it was not until the mid-1880s that the German philosopher Herman Ebbinghaus developed the first scientific approach to studying memory.
     In the mid 20th century, advances in the field of neuropsychology opened many fields of study and with the development of computer technology, the study of neurosciences has advanced dramatically.
     Nowadays, the study of human memory is considered part of the disciplines of cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and the interdisciplinary link between the two is known as cognitive neuroscience.


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