This divide was a contributing factor to why palliative care, where a “whole person” is treated rather than just the ailment, was not used in modern medicine - a divide doctors now hope to bridge.
Speaking on the sidelines of a lecture held at the UKZN Nelson Mandela School of Medicine yesterday, Dr MR Rajagopal, described as the “father of palliative care” in India, and said to be one of 2018’s Nobel Peace Prize nominees, said palliative care needed to be actively encouraged.
He was in Durban as the keynote speaker at the 3rd International Children’s Palliative Care Network conference.
“When I started medicine 50 years back as a student, we only had X-rays to work with. I had to get the patient’s history with a proper examination and questioning, which meant more interaction with the patient, and more time spent with them. We found out lots of details about the patient. We used to sit down and listen to their stories.