08 May '11, 9pm

Bringing back humanity to medicine:

Medicine has made tremendous scientific advances. Once-fatal diseases like diabetes and HIV are now chronic conditions and organs can be replaced when they fail. But amid these triumphs of science, let us not forget that medicine has two faces: The empirical, evidence-based one born in sterile laboratories and state-of-the-art hospitals - and a softer, gentler one from an era when medical men could do little more than comfort. As the Journal of the American Medical Association comments: "The physician's role in medicine is not just to bring to bear the technological and intellectual instruments to achieve healing, but to learn to share our most important element with our patients: Our human qualities." How can we recognise the humanistic side of medicine while still grounding medicine in a firm foundation of science? It boils down to two essential related ingredients: Comm...

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