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J Palliat Care. 2017 Jul/Oct;32(3-4):144-147. doi: 10.1177/0825859717744416.

Beyond Competence: Perspectives From Two Centuries.

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1 Palliative Care Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.
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2 MaxCure Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Abstract

A sense of failure and guilt can often be associated with the death of a patient. Using the Serenity Prayer as a framework, we present autobiographical narratives describing encounters that happened in Vellore, India over a hundred years apart. Powerlessness in the face of death, we suggest, is not the same as ignorance or incompetence. It could well be the breakthrough to a deeper wisdom and lasting empowerment.

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compassion; competence; death; medical education; powerlessness; serenity prayer

PMID:
29249198
DOI:
10.1177/0825859717744416
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