In the ancient texts of Ayurveda, we read that there are four qualities that, when cultivated, render physicians more effective. This book explores the nuances and relevance of each quality today.
In the ancient texts of Ayurveda, we read that there are four qualities that, when cultivated, render physicians more effective. The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians explores the nuances and relevance of each quality today.
Drawing on Eastern medical traditions and experience as well as on Western science, Dr. Claudia Welch explores how refining these four qualities can improve patient outcomes as well as the character of the physician. This exploration yields curious discussions on issues including how we know what we know (quite a relevant question in relation to the phenomenon of “fake news”), and the mechanics of doctor-patient emotional contagion (who affects whom?). It also outlines practical methods to more clearly perceive reality and more deeply communicate with our patients, spouses, children, associates, friends or even other species.
While this book was written with all health care practitioners in mind, and for patients who want to know what to look for in a practitioner, it has relevance to anyone. From physicians to nurses to patients, to parents to members of a global community, each of us affects others, whether we are conscious of this or not. Our effects may be medicinal, neutral or poisonous. We can all learn how to have the best effect possible on those with whom we interact and on our environment. This constitutes the art of medicine, and it is an art not confined to the physician.
(Please note: Dr. Welch’s book came out in hardcover under the name, “How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective” and, in paperback under the name, “The Four Qualities of Effective Physician”. The content of the books are the same.)
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