This sixth class has students explore different ways of responding to the universal experiences of pain and suffering that are either overtly or covertly embedded in patients’ reasons for seeking medical care. A subject that is rarely explored within the formal medical curriculum, how to respond helpfully to suffering, is an everyday challenge for clinicians. The etymology of the word “patient” comes from the Latin word for suffering. Patients, those who suffer, seek out medical care to help them feel better and eliminate, or at least reduce, their suffering.
Suffering Pain Mortality salience Terror management theory Loving kindness Soundscape Mindfulness
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