14 Aphorisms

14 Aphorisms

  • Health is not a commodity.
  • Risk factors are not disease.
  • Aging is not an illness.
  • Quality is more than metrics.
  • Doing all we can is not the same as doing what we should.
  • Time is precious. We spend it on what we value.
  • Doctors expect too much from data and not enough from conversation.
  • To fix a problem is easy; to share another’s suffering is hard.
  • The most common condition we treat is unhappiness.
  • The greatest obstacle to our patients’ unhappiness is our own.
  • Patients cannot see outside their pain; we cannot see in. Relationship is the bridge between.
  • Nothing is more patient-centered than the process of change.
  • Community is the locus of healing, not the hospital or clinic.
  • The foundation of healing is conversation, friendship, and hope.

David Loxterkamp MD