Catharsis

An excerpt from Catharsis: On the Art of Medicine, Andrzej Szczeklik, a book about the soul of medicine and its relationship with modern science lifted from the BMJ review of it in 2006.

"It’s worth reminding the patient that we are always something more than the one single meaning the world tries to impose on us, the world of simplified generalisations and reductions, the world of clumsy divisions. In short, we have to make sense of the pain…"

The review is clearly impressed not only with the book and the author’s talents but also the skill of the translator

I know nothing about the author, a Polish physician, but I suspect he was a Renaissance polymath in another life. And whoever translated him into English is clearly the Seamus Heaney of Eastern Europe, because every sentence resonates.