Saturday, June 25, 2011
We had a dinner to celebrate the retirement of a great doctor tonight. Like many doctors, he really wasnt retiring just scaling back to one day a week. Throughout his career, he never asked if people could pay, infact, many times he never charged. He never turned anyone away. As we spoke of our esteem for him, someone said something that just struck me. It summed up what we are and who we are. To paraphrase: " As physicians, we see all regardless of their race, income, predjudice, social class. Those we see entrust and share with us their souls in the form of their fears, aspirations and worries. We see all as equals in gods eyes and we never see a patient anything but a fellow creature in pain. We are entrusted with the souls of our patients, to provide comfort for their pain and to watch over them. This is our calling, a calling that exists forever and can not be recended, it can only be passed on with greater understanding of its dimentions."