William Osler, the founder of modern medicine, said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” This simple precept is at the heart of bedside medicine, and one shared by Abraham Verghese (pictured above) at the 2017 Stanford Medicine 25 Bedside Medicine Symposium. A hands-on annual event which brings together medical educators from around the world, the symposium fosters clinical teaching skills and promotes humanity in medicine. Read more in Scope
The enduring importance of the patient-physician relationship, despite the changes in medicine since Osler’s time, is also the topic of a LinkedIn post
that I wrote recently about my experience treating patients with an unknown disease. The discovery came from carefully listening to my patients and observing at the bedside how their eyes moved in a way that provided important clues to the diagnosis. Read more
about my discovery of superior canal dehiscence syndrome.
Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about the potentially negative impact of provisions in the U.S. House of Representatives tax proposal on educating future scientific and medical leaders. In a recent email, Vice Provost for Graduate Education Patricia Gumport told our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that Stanford University is working to assess the implications of the proposed changes and to advocate against these provisions. Please know that Stanford Medicine will be very actively engaged in this process.