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Healthy Healing: The Doctor

Six rules every doctor should follow.


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Visitor Comments: 12

(12) Ionah Estevez - Breton, September 24, 2014 9:47 PM

Another tip : smile !!!!

Hi dear Rab. I am a family physician and I think there is a 7th rule that can make us better physicians : SMILING to our patients (and making them smile) !. This can relax the atmosphere and helps patients feel better. It always works and it also makes the physician feel better. Thanks and Shaná Tová !!!!

(11) Anonymous, August 29, 2008 12:39 PM

Deborah- on taking advice

Deborah, I found your comment sad. For you. Do you really find it so difficult to take advice? As a successful professional myself, my advice to you is to reflect deeply on your own attitude. Your arrogance regarding the Rabbi's sincere recommendations in the interpersonal arena does not bode well for your future practice. Not even a physician yet, and already so puffed up? I think you'd better listen more carefully in class.

(10) aliza, August 28, 2008 7:14 AM

not condescending

To Deborah and all the doctors-to-be. Mazal tov! However, as a student, of course you are hearing this all the time already. But once you're out there, in "the field" rules like these tend to slip into the background. As a patient who has dealt with many many doctors (due to health plan changes, not my own doing), some follow these 6 rules, some act is if they have never heard them. Please try to view advice like this as helpful, something to be kept as a constant reminder that you're primary purpose is to help people. If you're already finding advice from laypeople (and R' Salomon doesn't qualify as a layperson in my view, since he is a psychotherapist) condescending, then what's going to happen when you're actually practising and get "advice" from patients? Practical reminders on how to be a good doctor to your patients should always be appreciated, never shrugged off. Much success in your future medical career!

(9) chavi, August 27, 2008 6:30 PM

who's missing the mark?

Deborah, I think you are the one who is missing the mark. If you are a physician-to-be, it's time to wake up to reality and smell the coffee. It's wonderful that doctors are taught all of these commandments repeatedly in medical school. They are excellent commandments. But are they being followed by doctors in practice? Just read my previous comment that details my experience just a few short months ago with a recognized top doctor in his field. You think it's a chutzpa for a Rabbi to preach to doctors. Does the patient who suffered from the abuse of these commandments have the right to speak out and protest? or do you consider that a chutzpah, too? Too many doctors do not follow the commandments they were taught in school and too many patients are suffering as a result. EVERYONE, not just Rabbis, have every right to call doctors on the carpet when they do not adhere to the commandments they were taught in medical school. Hopefully, you will not be one of them. By the way, the Rabbi did not give doctors any medical advice. His advice touched only on the area of how one human being should treat another human being, which is definitely within the realm of a good rabbi. So your comparison makes no logical sense.

(8) Laurel, August 27, 2008 6:03 AM

Good advice

I really liked your advice. Just wish I could anomously email this message to some of my doctors. Some of them really need to hear your suggestions.

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