Book group helps health professionals deal with stress

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There are few professionals facing more daily stress than the men and women who work in the medical community.

At Porter Hospital in Middlebury, efforts to relieve the stress have turned a page– literally.

Diana Scholl and Lesley Wright are facilitators of a special book club started at Porter Hospital to bring stress levels down and foster a stronger bond among everyone who works there.

Diana Scholl is the hospital’s chaplain…I spoke recently with her and Lesley Wright, who says the idea to bring books to Middlebury came from outside Vermont:

Click listen to hear the entire interview.

2008 selections:

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

"Kindness," Naomi Shihab Nye

"No Worst There is None," Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Twilight after Haying," Jane Kenyon

"Danny Boy," Jeanne LeVasseur from Between The Heartbeats

Aunt Sarah, Woman of the Dawnland: The 108 Winters of an Abenaki Healing Woman, Trudy Ann Parker

The Life of John W. Johnson, memoir transcribed by Ne Do Ba

Fox Song, Joseph Bruchac

Regeneration, Pat Barker

"The Price of Valor" by Dan Baum, The New Yorker, July 12, 2004

"Arms and the Boy," Wilfred Owen

"Repression of War Experience," "Survivors," Siegfried Sassoon

Shipfever, Andrea Barrett

"A Gentle Creature: A Fantastic Story," Fyodor Dostoevsky "Comfort," Alice Munro

"Paul’s Case," Willa Cather

"Wanting to die," Anne Sexton

"Surviving," Ruth Stone

"Beaver Moon," Mary Oliver

"The Death of Marilyn Monroe," Sharon Olds

A Nurse’s Story, Tilda Shalof

Across the Red Line: Stories from the Surgical Life, Richard Karl, (excerpt)


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