By Robert B. Taylor
Medical heritage deals us many clever suggestions, a couple of erroneous notions, and a number of exciting back-stories. On the Shoulders of Medicine’s Giants presents a range of those, and tells how the phrases of medicine’s “giants”―such as Hippocrates, Sir William Osler, Francis Weld Peabody, and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross―are suitable to clinical technology and perform within the 21st century.
Which health care provider used to be the foundation for the fictitious personality Sherlock Holmes, and what did he establish as "the genuine crucial think about all profitable clinical diagnosis"? What did Sigmund Freud describe as his “tyrant,” and what may perhaps this suggest for medical professionals this day? are you aware the attributed resource of the well known aphorism approximately horses and zebras, and what we think this doctor really acknowledged? This publication solutions those questions and extra, whereas additionally delivering interesting stories approximately each one person quoted.
On the Shoulders of Medicine’s Giants is prompt for training physicians, scholars, and citizens, in addition to nurse practitioners, health practitioner assistants, and somebody interested in sufferer care who desires to comprehend the historic and epistemological foundations of what we do on a daily basis in practice.
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Might the current Declaration of Geneva be improved by adding some of Paracelsus’ thoughts? I think about his words about false medicine and teachings, not judging things superficially, not using medicines we don’t understand, and not collecting money we have not earned. Aren’t these values all physicians should espouse today? Paracelsus. Sketches, notes, and revisions: Jus jurandum. In: Paracelsus selected writings. Jacobi J, ed. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press; 1995. World Medical Association Declaration of Geneva.
First, although Suśhruta and Hippocrates lived and practiced in the same general era, Hippocrates advocated natural healing methods and was not a strong proponent of operative intervention. Suśhruta, on the other hand, described surgery, and is quoted as telling, “Surgery is the first and the highest division of the healing art, pure in itself, perpetual in its applicability, a working product of heaven and sure of fame on earth” . Second, it is perhaps no coincidence that, as a surgical “giant,” Suśhruta’s quotation above stresses protection of the patient.
Is the omission a conscious acknowledgement that the compassion LaCombe describes is an outlier, representing an ideal few physicians can achieve? Or do we assume that compassion is something all physicians possess, and that its inclusion in formal descriptions of professionalism would somehow be redundant? There is hope for the future. There is a new tool some medical schools are using to evaluate applicants to medical schools—the multiple mini-interview (MMI) process, which uses a series of “stations” instead of traditional interviews.
On the shoulders of medicine's giants : what today's clinicians can learn from yesterday's wisdom by Robert B. Taylor