Some of the most brilliant physicians I have known have impressed me with their respect for colleagues. They would never express a difference of opinion by denigrating another practitioner, but recent experiences have opened my eyes to the arrogance of some physicians.
Advocacy is about making sure that our lawmakers enact the best healthcare policies for our patients. Just as we have a duty to our patients in the clinic, we also have a duty to advocate for laws that benefit patients’ health.
A trite modern metaphor for the absence of good options refers to those choices that are only “better than a sharp stick in the eye.” I was recently faced with a medical problem where I had to decide whether I had an option superior to a sharp stick in the eye.
While chatting with a patient of mine this week, I suddenly realized I had forgotten how long it had been since she was diagnosed. Time moves strangely in the world of cancer, too slow to comfort us, too fast in spiriting us away.