We are health care providers. We treat illness, optimize patients, prevent diseases and counsel patients on reducing their health risks. We go to school for years to learn the best and most effective ways to care for our patients’ health, but I have a very humbling reality to share with everyone.

Health is not that important. I’m going to say that again. Health is not that important. Simply put, personal health is frequently not the most important thing to our patients.

As a medical student, I thought good health was the most important thing one could have. But as years go by in my residency training, I am learning that health is just one part of life. While I still value my own health very much, I have come to realize that many people on this earth would disagree,...

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