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As a 1998-1999 Chicago Schweitzer Fellow, David Fisher implemented a diabetes education and screening program at Roseland Christian Health Ministry.

Ten years later, he’s Dr. David Fisher, MD, MPH — a family physician with a special focus on geriatrics and hospice/palliative medicine… and Schweitzer’s philosophy still informs his outlook. On Saturday, in anticipation of the weekend’s events at the University of Chicago, Fisher wrote a blog post hailing Schweitzer as a “remarkable man [who] has inspired me throughout my career” — and delving into Schweitzer’s prescription for ethical living.

An excerpt from Fisher’s provocative post:

We are called to care as much about the needs of others as we automatically care about our own needs. Consider how Albert Schweitzer applies this principle to the problem of pain and suffering:

“Those who have learned by experience what physical pain and bodily anguish mean, belong together all the world over; they are united by a secret bond. One and all they know the horrors of suffering to which man can be exposed, and one and all they know the longing to be free from pain. He who has been delivered from pain must not think he is now free again, and at liberty to take life up just as it was before, entirely forgetful of the past. He is now a ‘man whose eyes are open’ with regard to pain and anguish, and he must help to overcome those two enemies (so far as human power can control them) and to bring to others the deliverance which he has himself enjoyed.

Read Fisher’s full post here — it’s well worth your while.

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