Do doctors feel human?

“Our job is to rigorously and ruthlessly train the humanity out of you and make you into something better. We’re gonna make doctors out of you.”

Dean Walcott from the movie Patch Adams.

Patch Adams (the real one) wrote some books worth reading for his participatory approach to medical care.  He had the “audacity” to actually see his patients as human beings first and foremost and wasn’t afraid to flaunt a few rules to pursue that value.  I don’t advocate irresponsibly flaunting rules, but there is truth to the concept that change takes someone willing to push against an inappropriate rule and advocate for change even at personal risk.  I don’t think irresponsible cowboys are a good idea in Medicine, but I do take strength and inspiration from the brave and visionary doctors in medical history.