'There Are No More Essays in Medicine' -- A Doctor Reflects on Why He Spends So Little Time With His Patients

October 20, 2014 4:11 PM

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'There Are No More Essays in Medicine' -- A Doctor Reflects on Why He Spends So Little Time With His Patients

We live in an era of industrialized and impersonal medicine, where time spent with our doctors is kept to a minimum, almost as a science.

But it wasn't always this way. At my grandfather's funeral, in 2005, hundreds of his patients came to say goodbye. He was a cardiologist in the Chicago area, the son of a doctor -- my great-grandfather -- and the father of two doctors.

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