Good article on a doctor’s bedside manner and how all physicians should be trained in pastoral care. Doctors, as well as nurses, need to have the empathy and understanding to help others face death. Too many times, healthcare professionals are too sterile in their demeanor with the dying.
The article, “A chance encounter with a sand painting helped me learn how to doctor patients I knew I would lose” Sunita Puri, M.D. states,
“As a palliative care doctor, I spend much of my time face-to-face with pain and suffering, debilitating disease and death. When I began my training, I thought I was comfortable with the idea of mortality, and with the notion that fighting death at all costs wasn’t the sole purpose of medicine. But I hadn’t expected that the type of medicine I’d chosen to practice would require a strength and perspective that medical training hadn’t offered.”
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