PATIENCE

"PATIENCE SEEMS TO BE MY GREATEST NEED AS I PRACTICE MEDICINE AND IT IS THE SKILL I HAD THE LEAST TRAINING IN AT HOME OR AT SCHOOL. SURELY DOCTORS GET IN TROUBLE MORE FROM LACK OF PATIENCE THAN FROM INABILITY TO REPRODUCE THE COMPLEMENT CASCADE FROM MEMORY. WHY AREN'T WE TESTED ON PATIENCE/IMPATIENCE? I WILL PUT PATIENCE IN THE CATEGORY OF GREAT THEMES THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE THAT ARE SELDOM MENTIONED, LIKE THE FACT THAT WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH SICK PEOPLE, WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM LOSS AND FEAR AND INCREASING DISABILITY. NOBODY EVER TOLD ME ABOUT THAT. MY TEACHERS ASSUMED THE DAILY PRACTICE OF MEDICINE WAS LIKE CHILDBIRTH: THE UNINITIATED HAVE NO CONTEXT FOR APPREHENDING THE TRUTH OF THE EXPERIENCE, AND THOSE WHO DO FIND IT TOO PROFOUND TO DESCRIBE."

FREDERIC PLATT. CONVERSATION REPAIR; CASE STUDIES IN DOCTOR-PATIENT COMMUNICATION. 1995. LITTLE, BROWN & CO..