Humanities and Medicine| Volume 54, ISSUE 5, P719-720, May 2018

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The Healing Power of Words

  • Austin T. Smith
    Reprint Address: Austin T. Smith, md, Department of Emergency Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1313 21st Avenue, South, 703 Oxford House, Nashville, TN 37232-4700
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
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      What if we found as much joy and excitement in enriching a life as we did in saving a life? Would we enjoy our job more? Would the burnout rate be lower? These questions struck me after a recent patient encounter. The patient I saw was a 22-year-old former star collegiate athlete. He was handsome, smart, and once had a promising professional future at his sport.
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