How 'heartsoar' patients make us better doctors

Amid all the talk of heartsink patients, how often do we hear of the ones who make a doctor’s heart soar?

It may not be right to have ‘favourite’ patients, but Dr Wendy Stead can’t help thinking of the ones who help refill her “well of compassion” through their thoughtfulness.

Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month, Dr Stead, an infectious diseases specialist in Boston, tells the story of one of her longstanding patients, Rosemary, to whom she had to break the bad news of a liver cancer diagnosis.

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