Good medicine is all about blood flow and organ failure, mutation and degeneration. Good medical care is all about trust, contact, communication, listening, figuring out your goals and being heard. For doctors, it’s also about danger — risking the dark microbial forces of COVID, staph, monkeypox, MRSA, C. diff and hardening of the arteries. Your first 207 antibiotics may transport you to a state of health. Your 208th may send you into anaphylactic shock.
Medical training is the science of pain.