Monday, March 21, 2016

What Makes Medicine Worthwhile

I think the below article makes an important statement that would put a smile on many doctors' faces.  The author proclaims that she has considered leaving medicine on numerous occasions for unspecified reasons, but continues to practice to fulfill her desire to care for patients.  In reality, many activities of being a doctor involve spending time outside of patient contact, including diagnosis, prescribing, and discharge.  But, the author notes, one study done by Harvard University concluded that relationships with other people was a key to a happier life.  Indeed, the author believes that the time she does spend with patients is an "immense privilege," an opportunity to fix even the smallest details of a person's life.
I agree with this line of thought.  People's satisfaction with their lives largely depends upon their actions, thoughts, and feelings, all of which make up one's health.  Doctors are fortunate to have the opportunity to readjust each of these aspects, if need be, to improve the health of one's life.  Ultimately, this is what makes the world a more satisfying place for all.  I plan that this professional endeavor will keep me involved in medicine despite the many difficulties of being a doctor.

From: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2016/mar/21/junior-doctors-strikes-nhs-leaving-medicine-people-make-me-stay

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