Thanks to everybody who attended our PanPals Chat on the Mysterium Tremendum today! Our special guest Dr. Julie Kutac invited us all to engage in a conversation about awe, fear and the unknown in medicine. She ultimately led us towards a radical welcome by stating, in the words of religious philosopher John Swinton, “It is good that you are here.”
Click here to watch the Mysterium Tremendum Chat in full!
Dr. Kutac assuring us that healthcare providers are not required to approach the Mysterium ALL the time, but that we would benefit from having language and skills to help us acknowledge when the great mysteries are present.
Historian of science and medicine Dr. Jason Glenn proposing that the acknowledgement of pain and suffering may do its own work towards alleviating suffering.
Dr. Stevi Shively, historian and medical humanist, calling on us to consider the structural causes of physician burnout.
San Antonio writer Taddy McAllister defining bravery!
Philosopher and artist Bill Nichols telling stories from his own stay in the ICU, both critiquing the depersonalization of medicine and also showing how simple acts of care and kindness can buoy the human spirit. (He also attributed his survival to “God and Dr. Ruth Berggren!”)
Were you able to attend the conversation? Did you leave with questions to ask, stories to share, or points you wanted to make about the compelling and terrifying mysteries of life and death? Please continue the conversaton by commenting below.
It is good that you are here!