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Moving away from emotional detachment with the patient

Give the patient emotional support, so that he is in a good position to deal with pain or even death.

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Dr. Sundeep Mishra

Professor of Cardiology, Editor-Indian Heart Journal

AIIMS, New Delhi

All of us have seen that one scene in movies where the best of doctors begin to shiver at the time of operating on their near and dear ones. “Our medical curriculum trains doctors to disconnect with emotions. But if you ignore emotions, you ignore the human being component and treat a patient like a machine.” says Dr. Sundeep Mishra. “The focus of medicine must shift from preventing death to a more holistic approach, in which, you give him support and emotional comfort, so that he is in a better position to deal with the pain or even death, as in case of terminally-ill cancer patients.” “Paradoxically, Suicide rates are the highest in the medical profession,” he points out and says, “Studying or working for 14-15 hours a day over 10-15 years to build a medical profession isolates the student from his family and disconnects him from the society.” “Some literature and philosophy must be included to ensure overall development in sync with the society,” he adds.

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