β€œAt first, I had patients who became friends. Now I have friends who become patients.” - was this you?..... so true... mid stage medical practice is so strange.

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Excellent πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

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Love πŸ’• all your reflections!

I am blessed πŸ˜‡ to have a doctor for over 30+ years who listens to me!

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Mar 3, 2023Liked by Adam Cifu, MD

I enjoy your reflections. Thank you.

It is curious that you have drawn this personal link to the museum a place full of static things. (Yes the exhibits change but they are still static things.) At least you didn't compare to trips to the zoo which would have been worse.

I suppose the bowling alley or neighborhood bar/restaurant or ethnic fraternal hall or barber shop or parish/synagogue/mosque have a more dynamic quality. (Although the botanical garden might have the dynamic living quality, I am fumbling for.) But unless one is "ethnic" or over ~ 60 these things may not even make sense to anyone.

Medicine has really not figured out it's relationship to the geography and social psychology of neighborhood/community. I've often, over the last few decades, wondered whether medical practices integrated with schools and/or empty parish rectories might add a missing dimension of continuity (and accessibility). Maybe practices integrated with museums?

Please Keep up these reflective essays. There is a very important utility to what the philosopher Voegelin called Anamnesis - a personal biographical and meditative reflection. Very similar to the method of the physician seeking history from a patient.

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