"It's hard to make that change
When life and love
Hats off to Dr. Rob at Musings of a Distractible Mind, who muses (of course) on suffering and the ends of medicine. Every now and then it is good to look up toward the remote (and ultimately inaccessible) peak at whose base one labors. To switch metaphors, each morning we march out upon the beach, brooms at the ready, braced to sweep back the tide. Physicians should know their Sisyphus. Heroic? Not usually. Futile? One hopes not. For some it seems to be the worst possible profession, except (a la Churchill) for all of the others.