oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The Art of medical practice

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



I would suggest that medicine is 60 per cent a science and 40 per cent an art. We are certainly dealing with science, but we are applying it to people, and in this relationship with our patients, it is in our understanding of them, our method of dealing with them, that lies success or failure as a doctor. Without doubt we need scientific skill, but besides that, we need to feel with and for our patients; we must have a sense of empathy. This article illustrates by relating cases personally experienced.

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