A Doctor’s Touch
A forever favorite of the Lab, Abraham Verghese’s TED Talk directly addresses the power a moment has in the physician-patient relationship. He poetically argues that in the midst of the greatest advancements in medicine – in times of robotic guided surgery and electronic medical systems – we have forgotten the critical ritual that is the physical examination: the actual examination of the human form using human hands. Verghese says, “we seem to have forgotten – as though, with the explosion of knowledge, the whole human genome mapped out at our feet, we are lulled into inattention, forgetting that the ritual is cathartic to the physician, necessary for the patient – forgetting that the ritual has meaning and a singular message to convey to the patient.” Watch the rest of Dr. Verghese’s TED talk to learn more about the importance of the human touch.
|Dr. Verghese dives into just how important it is to honor the human form through physical examination – honor the human Moment with human attention. While arguably a simple act, it’s a transformative one. How can we be sure to include the Moment of human touch for all of our patients and guests?|