oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Lest we forget : the art of medicine

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



I believe it is a valid assumption that most students applying to medical schools wish to become physicians because they look forward to caring for the sick with empathy and compassion and to be of benefit to mankind. In their altruism, they view their future role as healers who endeavor to provide comfort and support to those in need. Unfortunately, in the last three or four decades and perhaps even earlier, those goals and aspirations seem to diminish and even disappear as students traverse their medical education and training. And as they emerge as bona fide physicians and finish their residencies, it is often hard to detect signs of their original altruism.

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