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10.19.2011

abraham verghese: the power of human touch


Whilst I might have wished to listen to Abraham Verghese
discuss his novel, Cutting For Stone, I found his lecture on TED
to be as poignant and moving as his fiction. He is, first and foremost, a doctor.
This lecture is for all who encounter a medical system that sometimes fails us,
leaving us to feel as though we are just another number,
another data point in the system.
I know of a few doctors to whom I would like to forward this video ...



Please enjoy!
xxx

8 comments:

Adullamite said...

You should have let Obama give you a proper NHS!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

just like Adull. sez there

goatman said...

My Onc. Dr Ali (Iranian by birth -- he left after the '79 revolution) touches, prods my stomach, during exam. When in 18 day hospital procedure last Christmas, Docs touched squeezed my feet to check for fluid retention. But continuity of care was compromised when a different nurse appeared each day. So many names to remember!

red dirt girl said...

Adullamite and Gary: Hey, I want a NHC plan just as much as anyone else (considering that I currently have no health insurance)! But I've been a patient of the NHS system and can tell you both, the care came no where near the level of what Dr. Verghese advocates in his lecture. (Of course you wouldn't know that as you didn't watch the video ...) Funnily enough, his lecture was taped in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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red dirt girl said...

Goatman: Hopefully you feel you received the best of care during your hospital stay. Verghese's anecdote about his friend who had breast cancer moved me. After her initial surgery, she researched where to go for the best follow-up care for her cancer. She went; the place was like a 5 star hotel with waterfalls and a concierge etc. But during her stay, not a single doctor or nurse ever actually touched her breasts during the exams. So she went back home to her first doctor and did her follow-up care with him. He touched her breasts during her physical exams. This lecture is about a commitment to compassion, empathy, listening and valuing the patient as a fellow human being.

xxx

Anonymous said...

I just have to quote Dr John on this...
Let me be your doctor till your doctor comes"

goatman said...

I did listen to it.

red dirt girl said...

goatman: yes, i knew you had watched, however, i was still on my soapbox from the first two comments and, alas, you received the tale end of my lecture! sorry :)

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