Decades ago during my early years of practice, shortly after performing rescue breathing on a pallid, limp toddler, I contracted a nasty enteritis. It ran its course over a period of 10 days. At the time, sick as I was, I remember musing to a colleague that an occasional bout of illness permitted us clinicians to better empathize with patients in their time of distress. My colleague looked at me askance, unable to muster any meaningful response. more»
Interested readers can now access my latest Humane Medicine column — Empathetic medicine: What’s bred in the bone — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.