I ask him when he last moved his bowels.

“Son, I’m dying. I’m alone. One day you’ll learn there’s more to a good death than how often I move my bowels.”

Dhruv Khullar, M.D.

As a side effect of advances in medical care, with treatments becoming more high tech and narrowing down to the molecular level and specialists becoming super specialized, the patient him/herself may get lost out of sight. Fortunately, there’s a growing awareness among medical practitioners that a good treatment entails much more than a medical treatment; one needs to understand the patient as a whole.

(cartoon: Sachin Jain & Matthew Hayward)

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