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Palliative Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Compassionate Care


Schlögl, Mathias C (2021). Palliative Medicine: A Holistic Framework for Compassionate Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 24(5):644-645.

Abstract

It was a sunny Monday morning and I just started medical school. Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. h.c. Johannes W. Rohen, a German anatomist and former chair of the Department for Anatomy at the Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg, gave his famous lecture about how to become a doctor. Prof. Rohen, already 87 years of age, a tall man with an inspiring aura, told our class that medical school predominantly provides just one thing and one thing only: the acquisition of knowledge. I felt the initial confusion in the audience, although he elaborated on the next, more important steps to becoming a doctor: gaining experience, skills and knowledge, compassion, intuition, life experience, and finally love. The quote that struck me the most and has accompanied me ever since was the following: “I have seen many doctors in my career…also good ones!”

Abstract

It was a sunny Monday morning and I just started medical school. Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. h.c. Johannes W. Rohen, a German anatomist and former chair of the Department for Anatomy at the Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nürnberg, gave his famous lecture about how to become a doctor. Prof. Rohen, already 87 years of age, a tall man with an inspiring aura, told our class that medical school predominantly provides just one thing and one thing only: the acquisition of knowledge. I felt the initial confusion in the audience, although he elaborated on the next, more important steps to becoming a doctor: gaining experience, skills and knowledge, compassion, intuition, life experience, and finally love. The quote that struck me the most and has accompanied me ever since was the following: “I have seen many doctors in my career…also good ones!”

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Department of Aging Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Nursing
Health Sciences > Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords:Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, General Medicine, General Nursing
Language:English
Date:1 May 2021
Deposited On:16 Nov 2021 11:06
Last Modified:27 Mar 2024 02:53
Publisher:Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN:1557-7740
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0139
PubMed ID:33945315
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