To Care for the Patient, the Doctor Must Care About the Patient

Putting the care back into medical care is the aim of a $42 million grant from a couple to the University of Chicago. Sometimes trivialized as “bedside manner,” the issue of compassion and caring is central to what so many of us patients see as the lost piece of modern medical treatment.

The new Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence will be led by Dr. Mark Siegler, a medical ethicist and general practitioner who inspired the gift from Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum. Dr. Siegler’s words are borrowed for the headline on this blog piece. His distinguishing attributes include listing his cell phone number on his business card, making house calls, and treating his office staff as colleagues and not underlings.

Read more about the caring movement in medicine in the New York Times.

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