The Healing Powers of a Doctor…

November 25, 2008

Patients see some of us as healers. 

Patients see us because they’re sick. It is therefore our role to give them comfort.  Never to make them feel useless or hopeless.

The trials of being a physician are enormous.  It is a skill to master the art of healing. Diagnosing a disease can be easy with enormous references to read but to learn the art of healing needs mastery…and this differentiates a healer from an ordinary doctor.

In a recent article published in the Annals of Internal  Medicine, some interesting facts came out as eight skills necessary to be considered a healer:

  • do the little things;
  • take time;
  • be open and listen;
  • find something to like, to love;
  • remove barriers;
  • let the patient explain;
  • share authority; and
  • be committed.

It is however sad that a lot of the above are forgotten in clinical practice. Oblivious of the fact that following the art of healing to every patient that we see allows us to be better persons and better doctors. 

It is just fulfilling to see patients welcome your passion to treat them with dignity, not to be in a hurry but willing to take time for them to share what they feel… in return will be their admiration and deep gratitude because they can feel your healing powers. And more than enough… for them- seeing you is worth the wait!

The article concluded that :

“Mastery of these skills would provide enduring improvements in patient care and reaffirm medicine’s calling as a healing profession.” 

6 Responses to “The Healing Powers of a Doctor…”

  1. maxim Says:

    Hi doc. I like your article today. Speaks volume about the role of physicians as healers. It puts great perspective on a patient as a human person first and foremost.

    Specifically, you have identified behaviors that set the doctors as healers. One thing I see is for physicians to master the skill of emphatic listening. As Catherine Doherty said, “the gift of listening comes the gift of healing.”

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    Nice to hear from you my friend…

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