i read this blog regularly for its insightful and acute observations. the barefoot medical student almost runs a kind of small press here, putting much work and time into well researched blog articles. have a look at this article, for example, really regarding the way health care provider’s attitude towards their patients.
i couldn’t agree more with her. physicians need a patient’s cooperative consent in order for a successful treatment especially where chronic or vague complaints of ill-being are involved. I am convinced that most illnesses are not separable from complex environmental factors and the way a person is linked to it.
the regard other do or don’t have for a person’s value contributes greatly to their sense of well-being and will contribute to their quality of life and health. physicians without regard for the basic individual integrity reinforce feelings of helplessness. illness and the way we treat patients and people in general are often symptomatic of what is wrong with the environment in the first place and a hint at where to make some maybe small but none-the-less vital changes to treat a patient successfully and with a chance to make long term changes.
not touching a patient without their expressed consent in that sense might just be the first step to demonstrate that the patient is held in high regard by his or her physicians and the first step to her or his willingness to regain health.
When I heard about Semester at Sea for the first time, I admit it was the idea of travelling the world that attracted me. I knew from a little bit of experience that travelling would enrich my perspectives and teach me more than any classroom, but really I was just thinking about all the places I had always dreamed of visiting, that could now become a reality.
Justifying such a long absence from campus meant that I had to identify teachable moments the program could provide. I came up with a whole report which I presented to my faculty (and which they miraculously accepted). I mentioned the virtues of travelling, and the work I would have to put in to carry a double course load, and then I mentioned the research I wanted to do: experiencing first-hand the public healthcare facilities in the various countries, as well as visiting…
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