Our First Schooling: Mastering Pathogenesis
We, the health professionals in our clinic – doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, are schooled to master pathogenesis, or illness medicine. We are schooled to cure illness and to be masters at saving lives. And we are grateful that this has been our first schooling- learning how to provide the best care to the most acutely ill and the most seriously ill.
I can name my classmates and colleagues who have a natural resonance with this schooling in pathogenesis and have become astutely competent , second only to God in the prowess to restore Life. These doctors, nurses, physical therapists, technicians, assistants is the vital force in every hospital, to them we truly owe our life.
However, for me, and our team of health professionals in Clinica Salutare we seemed to have been created, differently.
For us, the encounter with the seriously suffering or acutely ill, particularly if this is a child or a loved one arouses the angry passion to pursue health. If illness is too painful, too depleting for the poor, even destructive of life shouldn’t we also seek prevention? Shouldn’t we likewise school ourselves in the origin of health and on how to be at our healthiest?