Minute Meditation on the “World” of a Patient

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Viktor Frankl, M.D., Interacting with a Patient

A human being is a “world” unto himself or herself. For example, when I meet a patient, I am “stepping” into another world, a whole new world; one that is different from my own. That world is not a projection of me. That is why there will be plenty of surprises in interacting with a patient. Such a world is inexhaustible, “rich” with ever-new meanings for me to discover. That world is a one-of-a-kind, non-repeatable, non-replaceable creature of wonder: capable of being known, yet transcending knowledge; predictable, yet mysterious. It is the world called “person.”