Empathetic Medicine: K. Fitz Duffy

Empathy in Medicine

World Experiment

Medical rhetoric is powerful but muted force that contributes to the physician-patient relationship. Academic and medical realms congregate in the halls of universities and hospitals where healers are often removed from the emotions required for healing.

Medical students lose a part of their innate empathy and concern as they struggle to get good grades by memorizing the ways our body functions. The complexity of medicine is itself a barrier to the demands of human empathy.

Medical schools generally conceal empathy and other emotional features in favor of science and the art of medicine. Facts, figures, and statistics regulate the subjectivities made by some physicians. Medical school teaches science but promotes practitioner detachment as a tool for self-preservation. As a result, patients are often stripped of their humanity.

“Medicine is both science and narrative, both reason and intuition”

Access to adequate health care varies throughout the world and from individual to individual. It serves to preserve mental and physical health using a variety of methods. Access to health care is a luxury that depends on a person’s social and economic status as well as country-specific health policies. It is therefore prone to empathetic error.

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