William T. Branch, Jr., “The Ethics of an Ordinary Doctor,”.
The Ethics of an Ordinary Doctor
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2014
© 2014 by The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 15–17, January-February 2014
How to Cite
Branch, W. T. (2014), The Ethics of an Ordinary Doctor. Hastings Center Report, 44: 15–17. doi: 10.1002/hast.250
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2014
I served as a medical student and resident in the 1960s. Science as a belief system had reached a pinnacle. Yet Not infrequently in those days, I found myself caring, with little available backup, for a hospital ward filled with sick and dying people. It was a lonely and often frightening responsibility. I began to encounter situations that were at odds with our collective certainty that science would provide the answers. Some of these memories I repressed for almost a decade. I was unable to process them until I had personally experienced a more humanistic side of medicine.