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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Anger: Taking the heat out of the moment
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
When we're young, we think we know everything and that our parents know nothing. We ignore most of their advice, including the suggestion to count to 10 when we're angry to avoid acting in haste. It's only later, when we've gotten older, that we realize just how smart our parents were. Let me explain.
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Over the weekend, a colleague and I had a misunderstanding about reviewing some scientific data. I had mistakenly missed a deadline and was quick to blame my colleague. I was frustrated and ready to fire off a stinging email. However, my phone had run out of power and I was unable to send email.
By the next day I was able to see the incident as the minor inconvenience it was, and I was so grateful that I hadn't done anything as stupid as sending an angry email.
It was a powerful reminder to me: When I'm angry or upset — especially if I'm also tired — no response is often the best response. Within 24 hours and a good night's sleep, everything seems different. What appeared to be a catastrophe the day before is revealed to be no big deal.
So there's my confession. I suspect others can relate to this misadventure.blog index Next page