HUMANITIES: ESSAY. Humility and the practice of medicine: tasting humble pie

Chochinov, Harvey Max
August 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/10/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 11, p1217
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the relationship of humility and the practice of medicine. It offers lessons regarding humility from several doctors including Jay Katz, Sir William Osler, and Harvey Cushing. The author relates his views on humility and discusses the role of physicians with their patients in promoting empathic connections that decrease the burnout risk and enhance the likelihood of job satisfaction.


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