Posts Tagged ‘Medicine’

Has Medicine Lost Her Soul?

The Western medical tradition has held to, and to a large extent still echoes, the Hippocratic tradition enhanced by the Judeo-Christian ethic. Unfortunately, many medical schools now teach very little about appropriate ways to handle the power disparity that defines the relationship between the medical practitioner and the patient. Several schools have even taken to modifying the oath, one might argue arbitrarily, if the students are even asked to take an oath at...

Pellegrino: The Medical Philosopher and Prophet

He died on June 13.

I will never forget our first meeting at his Georgetown office. It was a Thursday. At age 91, his piercing eyes and attentive demeanor were surprisingly intense during our ninety minute conversation. His was a soul “haunted by conscience” as he put it. He said this by way of assuring that he would get back to us on some of material...