Abraham Verghese: A doctor’s touch

6 10 2011

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam.

Abraham Verghese: Physician and author

Before he finished medical school, Abraham Verghese spent a year on the other end of the medical pecking order, as a hospital orderly. Moving unseen through the wards, he saw the patients with new eyes, as human beings rather than collections of illnesses. L'experiència ha informat el seu treball com un metge – i com a escriptor. “Imaginant l'experiència del pacient” va ser el lema de la Center for Medical Humanitats & L'ètica, que va fundar a la Universitat de Texas a San Antonio, on portava una empatia profunda. Ara és un professor per a la teoria i la pràctica de la medicina a Stanford, on la seva rondes per Old-Fashioned han inspirat una nova iniciativa, el Stanford 25, l'ensenyament 25 habilitats d'examen de física fonamental i els seus beneficis diagnòstics sobre passants.

Ell també és un escriptor més venuts, with two memoirs and a recent novel, Cutting for Stone, a moving story of two Ethiopian brothers bound by medicine and betrayal.

He says: “I still find the best way to understand a hospitalized patient is not by staring at the computer screen but by going to see the patient; it’s only at the bedside that I can figure out what is important.”

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