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Mens Sana Monographs, Volume 7, Number 1, p.184-188 (2009)



Medicine is a science, and healing, an art. The right mix of a scientist and an artist is essential in a good physician. Clinical detachment is the balance between the scientist and the human. Good physicians are born; however, it is possible to cultivate the qualities. Gaining the patient's confidence is an art; a sense of humor can greatly help. Give a child respect and he becomes your friend. Death is inevitable, but a physician can help make it less agonizing. A good physician is a philosopher, aware of the beauty of life, of his limitations and conscious of the power that controls us.


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Vab Balakrishnan, “The making of a physician”, Mens Sana Monographs, vol. 7, pp. 184-188, 2009.