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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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Finest hour or flame out?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Picture this scene: A major U.S. airport devolves into chaos because of an unexpected strike by airline employees. Stranded passengers face off with overworked airline personnel.
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At an airline counter, two representatives work side by side. One gentleman is methodically and professionally addressing the anger and frustration of passengers as they come up to him and berate him for this inconvenience. Through it all, he keeps his composure. He's completely unflappable.
His colleague, on the other hand, looks as if he's about to have a stroke. His pupils are dilated, he's sweating profusely and his neck veins are bulging. When passengers scream at him, he screams back. When passengers gesture angrily toward him, he gestures angrily back. Emotions on both sides escalate to the verge of violence.
So what's the lesson here? In this situation, who suffered the most? The gentleman who lost his composure. The other gentleman, in contrast, kept his composure and treated others with dignity and respect. And in the process, he preserved his self-respect and decreased his risk of a heart attack or other stress-related problem.
So in the face of adversity, you still have choices. Some people choose to have their finest hour, while others choose to go down in flames. What would you choose?blog index