Thursday, August 25, 2011

Medicine Cannot Stop to Argue

"Some people have asked: 'Couldn't you have used that money to help even more people in Haiti?' Medicine cannot stop to argue when there is a patient suffering on the ground. The great joy of a life in medicine is that ability and that mandate: to do whatever it takes for the patient in front of you. No matter how deep the tragedy, or how expansive, we continue our work- one patient at a time (Rosenberg responds to critics of PiH's decision, immediately following the earthquake, to airlift a few Haitian people with acute life-threatening injuries to a PiH partnership hospital in Philadelphia)."

Naomi Rosenberg in Haiti: After the Earthquake, p. 329

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