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

By Richard Colgan

This publication introduces the origins of vital teachings that shape the foundation of drugs and similar therapeutic professions. Reinforcing the humanistic aspect of sufferer care, this e-book replicates the ideas, anecdotes and aphorisms frequently similar through mentors and educators to scientific scholars, citizens, and younger physicians. This publication presents a number of examples of top practices within the artwork of medication, profiles of significant healers all through background and worldwide, and tales absolute to encourage any training healer, whether or not they are new to the calling or a professional veteran.

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This concept is certainly not contentious, but as we will see it is felt by several teachers in the current century to be in need of reiteration. Euthanasia and abortion were clearly concepts about which Hippocrates felt strongly. Throughout the centuries, these topics evoke strong emotions from Hippocrates 21 both patient and health care provider and continue to polarize many people in medicine, politics, religion, and society. It is up to physicians to sort through their own values on these controversial subjects and decide their practices accordingly.

If you had to remember only one line attributed to Hippocrates, this is undoubtedly the most important one to remember. It is a theme that spans the entirety of medical practice; yet there is so much more that is learned from Hippocrates as one explores his life, personal experiences, and teachings. 16 2 Ancient Times Fig. aspx) Hippocrates was renowned for his power of observation, thought by many to be his greatest skill. His followers were known for practicing bedside medicine. In a collection of his writings entitled Aphorisms, there are over 200 observations of medical practice, disease process, and pathological theory [5].

I think you can guess my reply. It may seem overprotective, but it is important to keep in mind that even the most innocent or seemingly benign invitations to divulge knowledge about another patient must be respectfully declined. This must be done in such a manner that you do not infer that, yes, you did see this patient. To do so without consent would not be professional or legal. Porter notes, “The art of diagnosis involved creating a profile of the patient’s way of life, habitation, work, and dietary habits” [9].

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