Is there a doctor in the house?

Legend By Legend, 18th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I was called to help an old lady who fell. I would like to share the story and discuss my thought on the subjects. I would love to hear comments and opinions from you as well.

In the middle of prayer

I was recently praying in a large synagogue, as a visitor from another city. The cantor was of an exceptional quality and I, along with rest of the congregation were praying raptly when the prayers were momentarily interrupted by the call: "Is there a doctor in the house?". Without thinking twice I raised my hand and found myself following a person up a winding stairway. At the top stood an elderly lady bleeding from what seemed like a superficial abrasion on her right leg. The lady was being tended by Two other, relatively younger women. I removed my prayer shawl and asked the lady to sit down. With one hand I staunched the blood while I examined her with my other hand. At the same time I began taking a medical history and began to evaluate the situation. The foremost question being, does this lady need any emergency intervention, E.R and a hospital or not.

The patient is evacuated

As it turned out, the woman's situation was stable but she had an expanding hematoma on her scalp and she had obviously suffered head trauma from the fall. Seeing as she was on coumadin, this meant that the definitely required referral to the E.R. Preferably to one where a CT scan was readily available as well as a neurosurgical unit. I left the area and returned to my prayers as soon as she was evacuated by ambulance.

My thoughts on what had occured

Who she was, I will probably never know. Who was the physician who treated her, she will never know. The anonymous nature of our encounter struck me as being very different from the regular patient - physician interaction which is all based on identifying names. Another aspect that struck me was the way society views the role of the physician. That I provided competent professional services at my own expense and without any thought of recompense, that was to me completely natural and an extension of my personal ideals and training. That the people who received my services did so without a thought, demonstrated to me that society too views the physician as being eternally at the service of the public without need for recompense beyond his regular salary and work hours. Oh well, at least I know that The One hearing my prayers that day will certainly take into account the extenuating circumstances.

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Bleeding, Doctor, Emergency, Physician, Prayer

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author avatar Legend
I am a practicing physician. I have spent 5 years in Yeshiva studying religion. I published a card game on wikinut and I am in a process of getting divorced

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Oct 2012 (#)

Though I am not a physician, I also touch few lives without any thought of recompense. I believe real compensation and punishment cannot be dispensed here - siva

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