"It becomes every man who purposes to give himself to the care of others, seriously to consider the four following things:
First, that he must one day give an account to the Supreme Judge of all the lives entrusted to his care.
Secondly, that all his skill, and knowledge, and energy as they have been given him by God, so they should be exercised for his glory, and the good of mankind, and not for mere gain or ambition. Thirdly, and not more beautifully than truly, let him reflect that he has undertaken the care of no mean creature, for, in order that he may estimate the value, the greatness of the human race, the only begotten Son of God became himself a man, and thus ennobled it with his divine dignity, and far more than this, died to redeem it.
And fourthly, that the doctor being himself a mortal man, should be diligent and tender in relieving his suffering patients, inasmuch as he himself must one day be a like sufferer."
Monday, 28 November 2016
4 things for doctors to remember
Humbling stuff from Thomas Sydenham, the 17th century physician known as the English Hippocrates.
No, not that side! But thank God got through surgery ok yesterday. And thanks to all for love support and prayer.
As a doctor I've long be interested in what it is like to be on the other side of the desk. In other words, what is it like to be a pati...
So my wee book, The Art of General Practice on soft skills for GPs is finally published today. The publishers bumpf on the back is mostly ...
Like much else in life, sleep is something we take for granted until we no longer have it. As a GP I've become increasingly convinced ...