contrast to the standardized requirements awareness when we are faced with healer role. In this way, the gateway to
of science. stressful situations.5 what we term whole person care may
Given the contrasts outlined it is not Physicians and other health care be fully reopened in the context of so-
surprising that physicians and other workers need to relearn1 an important phisticated 21st century biomedicine.
health care workers have had a hard skill: how to retain a broad enough
time encompassing both roles in their awareness to encompass simultaneously Tom A. Hutchinson MB
practice. The solution is often to restrict the needs of both curing and healing in Director
care to 1 of the 2 poles, curing or heal- stressful clinical situations. We might McGill Programs in Whole Person
ing, but not both. hope that this is the purpose of teaching Care
Nora Hutchinson BA
Faculty of Medicine
To be an effective curer and facilitate healing Class of 2012
Antonia Arnaert PhD
at the same time is a challenging task. Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
To be an effective curer and facili- hospitals and clinical clerkships where Montréal, Quebec
tate healing at the same time is a chal- students can see this process in action in
lenging task: this patient may be dy- a clinical setting. This does undoubtedly
ing and I must remain emotionally occur, but because medicine itself is un- REFERENCES
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