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Practicing Humanistic Medicine

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One of our School of Medicine’s founding fathers, William Osler, was an advocate of patient-centered care before the term even existed in the late 19th century. He once said: “He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients doesn’t go to sea at all.” He also said: “Listen to your patient. He is telling you the diagnosis.”

Today, one of our institutional priorities is to be the national leader in the provision and teaching of patient- and family-centered care. And many of us in the profession are wrestling with how to balance cutting-edge medicine and life-saving technologies with the need for a human touch and listening to what a patient wants and values.

Read more about Dr. Rothman's views on practicing humanistic medicine

About Paul B. Rothman, M.D.

Paul B. Rothman, M.D.

Dr. Rothman is the Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. View his profile.

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