One thing bothers me:
Books are most of what we see.
Doctor-patient relationship —
Only mentioned in them, flip by flip.
Meeting patients is the key,
But first come studies, then we see.
A paradox: the gate to health is both
Knowledge and empathetic growth.
A good relationship is learn-able,
But apart from books, indiscernible.
The paradox follows: study well,
Then truly learn in residency’s hell
If I could, the one thing I would change
Is to widen the medical range.
Combine books and relationships,
So students and patients learn the tips.
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