At medical school I learnt anatomy, biochemistry, critical care medicine—the A to Z of medical sciences right down to the zoophilic diseases. I learnt laboratory and clinical skills. I learnt from my teachers, patients, and peers. Most importantly, I learnt to have an attitude worthy of a healer. The US philosopher and psychologist William James said that the greatest discovery of his generation was that human beings can alter their life by altering their attitudes of mind. I feel that's the essence of learning medicine.
Concentrating on clinical knowledge is not enough. Medicine is humanitarian in its roots. A doctor's attitude can affect a patient's response to treatment as the placebo effect shows, and the right attitude from a doctor is as vital as passing exams when it comes to healing patients.
The intense competition at medical school can cause students to have a narrow view of the world. To