The Soul in the Machine

Keith Wagner, MS – University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston PDF of Article: Humanism Essay Final-1 Medicine has many facets, but at its heart there is only the patient to be found. The word “patient” is derived from the Latin “patiens,” meaning “I am suffering.” Patients’ collective will to feel well or relieve their burden has spawned every branch on the tree of the health professions. Regardless of their physical or psychosocial ills, they are all souls seeking relief. Patients are not just some complicated machinery to be repaired. They are the spirit hidden inside that machine. You will not find a patient’s love of fishing on UpToDate. … Continue reading

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