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“Doctors will have a greater capacity to know their patient as a person if they know themselves. That kind of knowledge requires a sense of balance and an understanding of why they chose to become a doctor. It comes down to their capacity to be an empathic, caring and compassionate provider; and it comes not from their medical knowledge but from their soul.” — Dr. Neda Ratanawongsa (of San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco) in Dr. Pauline Chen’s New York Times column today