“The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.” As stated by the extremely intelligent journalist and world peace advocate, Norman Cousins, the outcome of a doctor’s tireless efforts both inside and outside of the patient’s room often lies in the hope of the individual that they are treating. Hence, it is pertinent that modern-day physicians and students immerse themselves in the wonders of a magnificent combination of modern-day medicine and a passionate spiritual connection.
As medical students strive until they accomplish their difficult yet vastly rewarding educational paths, they often take the Hippocratic Oath, in which a medical professional promises to uphold ethical standards. Furthermore, Hippocrates also stated “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” Therefore, as future leaders of research fields, hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers, the ability to connect to our patients would bring about a whole new world of treatment. With the incredulous medical advances that are made daily, coupled with a professional who encourages their patient and finds any possible pathway to pull them out of their decline, miracles are truly possible.
For instance, take a medical case that occurred recently in Barcelona, Spain where a man that had a condition called arteriovenous malformation for the past 20 years, causing a massive deformation of his facial tissues. The hospital stated: “The patient, due to the evolution of his illness, had important functional alterations, such a vision and speech problems, and the risk of severe bleeding that put his life in danger.” The man was examined by top hospitals all over the world, and most facilities deemed the man inoperable. Hence, with the believe for success from doctors in this Spanish hospital, “Two-thirds of the man’s lower face has been reconstructed, including his neck, mouth, tongue and the back of his throat, successfully. Overall, cases like the one above clearly delineate the fact that Hippocatres was correct when he stated “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”