The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
There’s an old French saying: to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always. It could serve a mantra for all health care professionals. It reminds us that it can be more important to treat the person who has the disease than it is to treat the disease the person has.
Two recent vignettes were sent to us that illustrate these points.