Empathy helps increase medical knowledge

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When elder doctors practiced medicine before the advent of technological advances in medicine, they learned a lot by listening to their patients.

Today, there are numerous tests and procedures to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Back then, physicians mastered the art of listening to their patients and collating all these information gathered from them.

This covered symptoms, side effects, healing patterns and recurring ailments as a result of medication or a procedure undertaken.

While physicians also added to their knowledge by reading medical journals and pouring over research, those who empathized with their patients were afforded an opportunity to verify these information from formal studies.  

By encouraging patients and listening to their complaints or experiences, they are able to supplement their knowledge about disease, medication and treatments in a more realistic way.

Empathy also enabled physicians to have a better understanding of what their patients are feeling beyond symptoms of an ailment and this openness in the relationship often resulted to better cooperation of the sick and their family during the treatment of a medical condition.

Poke, press, touch. It may be uncomfortable for patients initially but when they understand that you only want to see what could be wrong with them before testing, they will appreciate you even more. MIMS