Treating the person

I have seen calls to treat the person not the disease for years. If you see so many tweets from medics every day as I do, you will see the adage from William Osler almost daily. For some time now, I have wondered what it means. I’ve always found it difficult to describe what exactly it means to treat the person not the disease that person has. Despite medics’ pronouncements, I also wonder (and doubt) whether medics who speak about it do.

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