By Brian L. Grant MD, President and Medical Director
Several months ago I read this beautiful op ed piece in the NY Times of a man thanking the medical team that cared for his wife. The article and responsive comments are deeply powerful.
More recently, the Times columnist David Brooks wrote a piece that referenced the prior one in the context of a deep and engaged relationship referenced by the philosopher Martin Buber as “I-Thou” in contrast to the common transactional relationship he referred to as “I-It.” When I was in college I discovered Martin Buber and it warmed my heart to see him referenced in these times.
A family member described a visit to a doctor where the patient felt objectified, ignored on key issues and basically disregarded in many respects, with a trivialization of the issues that they sought care for. It caused me to think about what sort of relationships we have in our work with clients and coworkers, our doctors with claimants, and each of us in our personal lives with friends and loved ones?
If we could pivot more towards “I-Thou” in our lives, how much richer would our lives be in all facets?