The Urgency of Affliction
and The Plodding, Impersonal Abstraction of Routine Behavior
The Doctor Listens
“in regione caecorum rex est luscus” – Desiderius Erasmus
When diagnosis is the thin lifeline winding a path in search of hope between survival and the brutal sorrow of attrition,
When formulaic procedures don’t narrow the search for a root cause to some vague, perplexing symptoms,
When the doctor is the one who doesn’t understand,
It’s time to engage a dialog outside the confines of confusion.
Time to rethink the obvious.
To listen to everyone and talk to everyone who will listen.
To create the petri dish of the medical profession.
Golf games and vacations have to wait.
It’s time to practice the human aspect of medicine.
To pay dividends on the investment you’ve made in your profession.
It’s time to advance your game.
Change the rules if they hold you back and apply them when you can.
You are on a mission that only ends in a silent prayer.