Humane Medicine — A Measure of Equanimity

In Sir William Osler’s farewell address to his medical colleagues in the United States and Canada, L’Envoi, he enumerates his personal goals: to do the day’s work well, to practice the Golden Rule, to cultivate a measure of equanimity that would enable him to bear success with humility.

Over the span of my 30-year career, I have seen several hundred children for suspected abuse. Yet I can’t help but wonder why every time I evaluate such a child, instead of Osler’s measure of equanimity, I’m left with only a hollow feeling deep inside.

Interested readers can now access my latest Humane Medicine column, Evaluating the patient with a measure of equanimity, recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

One comment on “Humane Medicine — A Measure of Equanimity

  1. ~ t says:

    Most of us would be left with much more than just a hollow feeling inside …. Yet you remain the model of equanimity the rest of us can only aspire to achieve.

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