Notes on Pathographies

Notes on Pathographies: An Arabian Nights’ Experience David J. Elpern* * The Skin Clinic, Williamstown, Massachusetts Email          A few years ago, a group of us gathered in the Osler Library at McGill. Osler guided us with his words: The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade: a calling not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with powders or potions, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, the wise upon the foolish… Courage and cheerfulness … Continue reading


The Soul in the Machine

Keith Wagner, MS – University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston PDF of Article: Humanism Essay Final-1 Medicine has many facets, but at its heart there is only the patient to be found. The word “patient” is derived from the Latin “patiens,” meaning “I am suffering.” Patients’ collective will to feel well or relieve their burden has spawned every branch on the tree of the health professions. Regardless of their physical or psychosocial ills, they are all souls seeking relief. Patients are not just some complicated machinery to be repaired. They are the spirit hidden inside that machine. You will not find a patient’s love of fishing on UpToDate. … Continue reading

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