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A specialized junction where transmission of information takes place between a nerve fibre and another nerve cell, or between a nerve fibre and a muscle or gland cell.
[New Latin synapsis, from Greek, juncture, from synaptein to fasten together, from syn- + haptein to fasten]
The Next Chapter: Literature & Medicine
Welcomes VA Hospitals
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With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Literature & Medicine is being offered to the staff at 15 Veterans Administration hospitals and health care facilities hospitals across the country through partnerships with state humanities councils. Pilot programs in Maine and Vermont VA hospitals demonstrate that the impact of Literature & Medicine is very significant for participants from VA facilities, where work and stress loads have been both changed and increased by the influx of severely wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq, and where their patients often face particularly severe physical and physic wounds.
From the Inside Out
Isabel del Valle
Eye Witness: Literature & Medicine in Argentina
Isabel del Valle, Ph.D., attended the 2008 Literature & Medicine Training Institute and left eager to start a similar program in her home country of Argentina. She had long wanted to combine the humanities with medicine, and thinks that she may now have found a way to do so.
Dan & Deb Hamilton
From the Hospital
As more health care professionals in Veterans Administration hospitals become involved in Literature & Medicine, it is a good time to speak with two participants from the very first L&M program at a VA Hospital. Dan Hamilton, a Physician Assistant, and Deb Hamilton, a Home Health and Hospice nurse, have participated in the program at the VA Medical Center in Togus, Maine for nine years.
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Literature & Medicine has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.