The Onion Cellar: crying at work, crying at home

  Have you cried at work? Do you show the depth of your emotions when faced with tragic clinical circumstances? I have never cried, and it is unusual for clinical situations to even moisten my eyes. Although I have been tempted to hug patients when they appear emotionally broken, I am far too inhibited to... Continue Reading →

Medical relativism: on prioritisation, excuses and kindness

In a recent Clinical Medicine article, ‘Doctors and others: reflections on the first Francis Report’ (£) Professor John Saunders writes, ‘People do not go into careers in healthcare to be cruel...’ and yet, ‘many experienced commentators…have witnessed an absence of kindness: an attitudinal change that resulted in substandard care.’ How does this happen? How do... Continue Reading →

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