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

By Richard Colgan

This ebook introduces the origins of vital teachings that shape the foundation of drugs and similar therapeutic professions. Reinforcing the humanistic part of sufferer care, this ebook replicates the information, anecdotes and aphorisms usually comparable by means of mentors and educators to clinical scholars, citizens, and younger physicians. This publication offers various examples of most sensible practices within the artwork of drugs, profiles of serious healers all through background and worldwide, and tales bound to motivate any practising healer, whether or not they are new to the calling or a pro 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!

1). Known as Rhazes, this man was regarded as an influential alchemist, Fig. 1 Rhazes (pictured at the bedside of a young patient afflicted with measles. jpg) Rhazes 35 philosopher, and Persian scholar. Like so many of the great physicians we will discuss in this book, Rhazes was known not only for what he contributed to the art of medicine, but for his commitment to scholarly work as well. Historically, Rhazes is remembered for numerous writings on medicine, including pediatrics, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, and pharmacy.

He noted that Avicenna’s Canon remained “a medical bible for a longer time than any other work” [7]. Copies of an English translation can still be purchased and are the basis for modern-day primary medical pharmaceutical texts. 38 3 Chinese and Medieval Medicine Fig. 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.

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