Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring by Richard Colgan

By Richard Colgan

This e-book introduces the origins of vital teachings that shape the foundation of drugs and comparable therapeutic professions. Reinforcing the humanistic part of sufferer care, this booklet replicates the ideas, anecdotes and aphorisms usually similar by way of mentors and educators to clinical scholars, citizens, and younger physicians. This publication presents a variety of examples of most sensible practices within the paintings of drugs, profiles of significant healers all through heritage and around the globe, and tales absolute to encourage any training healer, whether or not they are new to the calling or a professional veteran.

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Into whatever house I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and further, from the seduction of female or males, or freemen and slaves. Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respectful by all men, in all times!

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2 Ibn Sina or Avicenna (public domain) Like many of the great healers already discussed, Avicenna is known for promoting the power of observation and experimentation. He practiced evidence-based medicine and helped elucidate the contagious nature of infectious disease, introducing the concept of quarantine (forty days) to control outbreaks of infections. He cared for the sick—often at no cost—brought to him in great numbers because of his renowned reputation. Avicenna’s contribution to the art of medicine may be that he was a thinker, scholar, and someone adept in the intellectual pursuit of diverse topics that affect mankind.

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