On the Shoulders of Giants

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communication in medicine, patient communication


“We see further”…for many reasons: better teaching, better access to information, better diagnostic tools. Sometimes we are fortunate to meet—and learn from—giants in the profession, whose accumulated wisdom and experience are shared with junior learners. Usually this advice is gleaned with great difficulty; it is not written down or etched in stone. It is a passing remark, a knowing smile, a saying that just sticks in the mind. There have been many “condors” and “eagles” that have shown me the updrafts of medicine, whose vision has been inspiring, and whose integrity and insight are beacons for those that follow.
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