QUOTES FROM AN EPIDEMIC OF EMPATHY
I reviewed this book yesterday, and I liked some of it. (Review at https://barefootmeds.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/book-review-an-epidemic-of-empathy/)
- •Most clinicians viewed empathy as a personal characteristic; either you had it or you didn’t.
- •In most of medicine, the trend toward specialization has come at the expense of that holistic approach to the patient.
- •Turning on empathy for the patients one likes or identifies with is not enough. Empathic care should be the norm, not the exception.
- •As disappointing as modern medicine may be for patients, the harsh reality is that it doesn’t feel so great for doctors, either.
- •In short, medicine has become a busier but simultaneously more isolated life for the people who deliver medical care.
- •Empathy for patients is supposed to be everyone’s job, but that often means it is no one’s job
- •Burnout starts when “energy turns into exhaustion, involvement turns into cynicism, and efficacy turns into ineffectiveness.”
- •Empathy is not a reflection of how good people may be but how willing they are to be good.
- •The very regions of the brain that are activated in suffering patients are active in the physicians who care for them, although less intensely.
- •Empathy is work. It takes energy and motivation to focus on every patient, to understand patient’s needs, and to convey that understanding.
- •The word "patient" comes from the Latin word "patiens", which is derived from "patior", which means “I am suffering.”