Carl Norden, MD
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Norden C.; I Had to Get Cancer to Become a More Empathetic Doctor. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:525-526. doi: 10.7326/M16-1243
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(7):525-526.
Listen to the patient—they are telling you the diagnosis. I first heard these words, apocryphally attributed to Sir William Osler, from the white-haired senior physician at Harvard who greeted us on our first day of medical school in 1956. For the last 50-plus years, I have taught this as a guiding precept to medical students and residents. “Listen, you learn from what patients tell you, both spoken and unspoken.” I still teach that to the fellows at Temple Medical School and the medical students at Drexel. I am 80 and a retired infectious diseases physician. I've always thought of myself as a caring, compassionate, and warm doctor. I thought I knew what patients were feeling, but it has taken being a physician with a life-threatening illness to understand what it is really like to be a patient.
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