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How Safe Are Your Patients? - June 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Maimonides, the Great Healer Reflecting on the life of a man devoted to his patients' well-being. A s the Jewish feast of Passover comes to a close, I am reminded of the life of Moshe ben Maimon, better known as Maimonides. In this day and age of compliance, regulation, power strug- gles and insurance hassles, it is refreshing to reflect upon the life of a man whose singular purpose was the well-being of his patients. Maimonides was a 12 th Century medieval Sephardic Torah scholar and physician. While a venerated Jewish theologian, he gained widespread acclaim as a healer and was personal physician to royal families. A study of his vocation as a physician reveals that he was a healer in every sense of the word. A deeply spiritual man, his principles on caring for the sick arguably form the core of what is now considered "patient-centered care." Maimonides regarded health care as the most noble of vocations and advocated a selfless life of service with the well-being of the patient of foremost importance. In the holy Prayer of Maimonides it is written: "May no strange thoughts divert my attention at the bedside of the sick, or dis- turb my mind in its silent labors, for great and sacred are the thought- 1 3 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 6 Cutting Remarks John D. Kelly IV, MD There was no room for egoic battles between healthcare team members of who is right or wrong in Maimonides's mind.

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