Medicine as Art

Ann's neurologist was interviewed earlier this year by the Kansas City Business Journal. Thought this quote from her was worth repeating:

Medicine is definitely an art, in my view. While we need science to guide us in our knowledge of appropriate treatments, the choice of a specific treatment for a specific patient is guided by so many different factors that we need to use our experience and understanding of the specific circumstances of that patient to guide us. No two patients are alike. There is a need for flexibility and trial and error to decide on the best course for each individual.

I have found that to be true. Unfortunately some doctors do not seem to embrace the art as much as the science of medicine. What has been your experience? Do you see the art in the practice of medicine?

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