No physician will be able to cure and save all patients from dying. This is a reality. There is an aphorism that runs like this: Cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort and care always.
I received the text message below from a daughter of a patient who died recently of stomach cancer. The cancer that the patient is rare and carried a very poor prognosis. Within 5 month’s time, it recurred and caused a malignant bowel obstruction. As a physician, I did my best to help, not only to the patient but to the relatives as well. Though sad with what happened to the patient, I am consoled with the appreciation of the family on the “love and care” I gave to the patient and to them.
I pray: “Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.”