The Science and The Art of Medicine


I recently came across an article in the Health & Science section of The Washington Post: Hit by a car, an emergency doctor experiences firsthand the shortcomings in ER care.

I almost didn’t finish reading it because I was rolling my eyes and thinking, “Yep, I have a hundred of these stories.”

I think my new byline should say “Nurse. Blogger. Patient who can’t navigate the system to save her life.”

Sadly, that is the truth. Even with medical experience, this doctor could not successfully navigate the distant, rushed, understaffed healthcare system. How can we expect anyone else to?

I was drawn especially to this:

“The oath of Hippocrates reads: “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.” This vow compels physicians to heed both the science and the art of medicine. The science often lies in defining the treatment regimens. The art lies in understanding what matters personally to the patient.”


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