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Doctors suffer when their patient suffers

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am

Doctors suffer when their patients suffer: "Similarly, doctors and patients sometimes engage in parallel suffering. Both patient and doctor suffer, but their suffering is isolated from one another. As a consequence, the suffering of both patient and doctor is needlessly intensified. Not uncommonly, the doctor or the patient is blamed for the suffering of the other. The isolation, wordlessness, and blame of parallel suffering hurt all who are involved: the doctor, the nurse, the patient, the family, and all who must witness the pain of any of the participants." Suffering is the one thing all human beings share. If we share the suffering, this helps to relieve it !

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