Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring by Richard Colgan

By Richard Colgan

This ebook introduces the origins of significant teachings that shape the foundation of medication and similar therapeutic professions. Reinforcing the humanistic part of sufferer care, this e-book replicates the information, anecdotes and aphorisms usually comparable by way of mentors and educators to scientific scholars, citizens, and younger physicians. This publication offers various examples of top practices within the artwork of medication, profiles of serious healers all through historical past and worldwide, and tales certain to encourage any working towards healer, whether or not they are new to the calling or a professional veteran.

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From the Latin mederi—to look after, heal, and cure—stemmed the words medicine and remedy. Other derivatives led to the words modern, modest, and moderate. Being appropriately moderate may well be one way in which a healer can best practice his or her art. Patients from antiquity to the current day do not always welcome our efforts to look after them. ” This sentiment is shared by Miquel de Cervantes in Don Quixote when the Padre hopes that doctors looking to cure a mad man are successful: “May it not be worse than the disease” [11].

In this section, we have only briefly reviewed a few of his lessons. Lessons from the Father of Medicine that still are applicable to the physician of today are many. Some of the most important lessons I think the reader should learn from Hippocrates follow: first do no harm, observe all, evaluate honestly, prognosticate when you can and when it comes to therapeutics, and assist nature. Additionally, healers of any era should recognize that we are not in the practice of medicine for money but to serve our fellow man, and that we would be wise to learn from our predecessors in medicine and by carefully studying our patients.

Or it may be something as simple—but equally as important—as finding out that your patient is not receiving the medication you ordered. 5 million adverse drug events occur in the USA each year due to physicians’ oversight is an additional reason to be observant [7]. ” All healers do this; some do it better than others. Some simple but critical observations you do not want to miss include such details as the pack of cigarettes in your patient’s pocket, how your patient just crossed her arms as you gave advice she disagrees with and how this may negatively affect her compliance, and the atypical skin lesion which catches your eye as you listen to your patient’s posterior thorax.

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