Whole Person Care on a Busy Medical Ward

  • Gordon L. CrelinstenEmail author


By the time medical students and young physicians in training arrive on the medical wards to care for real people, they have a very good understanding of pathology and physiology. They know how biochemical processes can be altered by genes, by microbes, and by the environment to cause and to perpetuate disease. They can list the causes of symptoms such as weakness, dizziness, chest pain, and headache. They know which laboratory tests to order and how to interpret them. They use the imaging techniques that have the best chance of providing the answers to the diagnostic puzzles that confront them.


Evidence-based medicine Evidence-influenced medicine Observation skills Funeral visitation Condolence letter Narrative Jean Dominique Bauby Role modelling Teachable moment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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