Doctor in society

On the theme of what the doctor’s relationship is to her community and to society more generally, we read extracts from the following texts:

John Berger’s A Fortunate Man

Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped At Eboli

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera

JD O’Connor’s “Doctor in the Dales”

The two presentations will shortly be posted here, but in the meantime, those who missed either class and those who didn’t get a chance to formulate their thoughts during the classes, are invited to add “comment” on this post (by clicking on Leave a comment link above).

One thought on “Doctor in society

  1. Personally I don’t believe doctors should be obligded or more inclined to contribute altruistically to the community beyond their medical work. I don’t see medicine as a vocational job – I think a variety of people choose to study medicine for a variety of reasons – with a strong desire to serve the community rarely being their main motivation.
    That said, I beieve there is still a certain status and level of respect reserved for doctors within society – even today – that is mirrored in very few other professions. In fact I think the status associated with medicine is often something that attracts people to study it, as opposed to more altuistic motivations.

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