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THE EVOLVING UKRAINIAN REFUGEE HEALTH CARE CRISIS—A PLATFORM FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF THE PHYSICIAN'S AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL'S HEALING WORK

Published:December 17, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2022.12.009
      The world's attention has been captured by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the daily horrific scenes of brutal destruction, injury, and death by virtue of instant media communications. The exodus of droves of Ukrainian refugees has likewise touched our hearts and is admirably being met with a robust response by international health care communities and organizations. The effusive efforts of those physicians and health care workers treating the refugees in their home-neighboring border countries, as well as by those traveling great distances in order to volunteer their services, is a testament to the true intentions and purpose inherent in the work that we are privileged to perform. The confluence of medicine and humanities is highlighted from multiple angles in the plight of the Ukrainian migrants; therefore, this piece will focus on the bedrock of medical humanities and the art of medicine, that is, the implications of the stewardship on our fellow human beings who are in need and suffering at all levels. In fact, this crisis is validating the tenets of the medical profession as a whole, and leads to reflection on the true meaning underlying the physician's and health care professional's work.
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