Dr. Joe Pellicer works in the Emergency Center at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Dr. Tom Burke is the director of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Harvard University faculty in emergency medicine. Please go to www.notesfromtheer.com for more information or to contact the doctors.
It’s a special challenge for a physician when a loved one is seriously ill.
Education can never quite prepare a doctor for the experience. And, paradoxically, there is much to be learned from such a time.
All of us in the field of medicine are taught that when it comes to family or close friends, it is wise to recuse oneself from the role of healer. Competing emotions cloud judgment and can interfere with the best of intentions.