Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring by Richard Colgan

By Richard Colgan

This booklet introduces the origins of significant teachings that shape the foundation of medication and similar therapeutic professions. Reinforcing the humanistic facet of sufferer care, this publication replicates the guidelines, anecdotes and aphorisms frequently similar through mentors and educators to clinical scholars, citizens, and younger physicians. This booklet presents a variety of examples of most sensible practices within the artwork of drugs, profiles of significant healers all through heritage and around the globe, and tales certain to encourage any training healer, whether or not they are new to the calling or a professional veteran.

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Using these practices himself, he published some of the first scientific descriptions of medical illnesses, and he is 36 3 Chinese and Medieval Medicine even credited with providing the first accounts of such diseases as smallpox and measles. Rhazes also disagreed with Galen over the nature of fever and urinary ailments, basing his opinions on his own practice and patient observations. He taught, “All that is written in books is worth much less than the experience of a wise doctor” [4]. Living by his own lessons led him to many discoveries.

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Patients go in and out until nightfall, and sometimes even, I solemnly assure you, until 2 hours and more in the night. I converse with and prescribe for them while lying down from sheer fatigue, and when night falls I am so exhausted that I can scarcely speak … I have here related to you only a part of what you would see if you were to visit me [8]. With regard to the physician–patient relationship, Maimonides’ true greatness manifested as a complete commitment to his patients. One can picture this weary man stumbling into his home only to find, amidst the hanging lanterns and dim light, mothers holding their sick children with looks of fear on their faces.

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