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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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When calamity strikes, how will you respond?
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
My heart aches when I read of devastating accidents and illnesses. My spirit fades when I read about abuse and betrayal, deceit and manipulation. Yet I'm constantly reminded just how incredibly resilient people can be.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
I've learned from my experience as a cancer doctor and from listening to the stories of my patients that when faced with a calamity or setback it's often best to do nothing. The heat of battle, when you're stressed out and sleep-deprived, is not the time to make a prudent, rational decision.
In the light of day and perhaps with a hot cup of coffee, you can think things through and seek the input and guidance of others. The options become clearer, and you can make a more appropriate decision not only for yourself but also for those around you.
Of course, these devastating events are not "fair." But as some of you have articulated, it's not the event that does you in. It's how you respond to the event.
To all of you who have commented on this blog and shared a part of yourself with us, I extend a heartfelt and profound thank you.blog index