We regularly require doctors to carry out extraordinarily distressing tasks with inadequate attention given to their psychological well-being. Then we blame doctors when their psychological defenses kick in and they respond to patients or relatives with a lack of empathy. Quotes
A doctor's capacity for healing stems from their own suffering. Plato said in Republic: The most skilful physicians are those who, from their youth upwards, have combined with the knowledge of their art the greatest experience of disease… and should have had all manner of diseases in their own person. Quotes
Imagine that you're unhappy. You're not getting what you need. Perversely, this may be because of what you want.
You are blind, because of what you desire. Perhaps what you really need is right in front of your eyes, but you cannot see it because of what you are currently aiming for. (Page 115) Quotes
Even leaving the profession can be psychologically fraught. When doctors feel that they have been pushed to the edge, they frequently find themselves paralyzed between equal, but opposing, forces. On the one hand, there is an enormous desire to leave medicine to escape the psychological pressures of the work. On the other, there is terror that they might feel like a failure, that they have let other people down, or that they may later wish they had stayed put. Quotes