"The lost art of listening and ignoring the patient as a human being
is a quintessential failure of our health care system."
-- Dr. Bernard Lown
Technology reigns supreme in our modern lives, but we must never forget the healing power of compassion and human connection. Especially when combined with good medicine.
My article, "Ten Wishes for Heart and Compassion in Medicine", (reprinted below) was originally published by Mobile Health Times and discusses the human side of illness, the power of compassionate patient-centred care, and some of the key elements for reviving the lost art of care.
Behind the Book:
Stay, Breathe with Me:
The Gift of Compassionate Medicine
A Podcast Discussion with Charlene Jones.
How the profound nature of palliative care
lies at the very heart of the art of care.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
When my own life was upended, I was lucky to experience the power of a compassionate other. A marvellous other, a complete stranger, who offered me exactly what I needed. My article,
"Two Kind Words That Can Change or Save a Life"
originally appeared on Tiny Buddha. Here is a reprint:
Don't be afraid of your fear.
It's trying to tell you something important.
If you look deeply into it, it can energize you for what you need to do.
And it might even make way for love and healing ...