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One of the first lessons a physician gets in caring for patients is the virtue of objectivity. “Doctors can’t afford to be too close to their patients.” They pound this into our heads. “It will cloud your clinical judgement.” “You will burn out.” “Your problems are not their problems.”

Something about that always seemed a little off with me. What doctor goes into medicine with NO expectation of knowing, connecting with and helping patients?

They claim it central to becoming a clinician. While critical thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving are central to the science of medicine, taken alone they neglect its soul. Read the rest of this entry »

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