In memory of Bernard Lown
“Ever the teacher, the Dr. Lown we knew modeled ‘The Lost Art of Healing’ (the title of one of his books) in the clinic, the laboratory, and the halls of power. As health professionals, we watched him listen carefully to his patients; as citizens, we saw him listen deeply to our neighbors. We heard him importune our health care enterprise to do what is best for democracy with an eye on the future, instead of what helps today’s bottom line. And he entreated us to bear witness to the harms and risks of our social choices, to shine a light on the possible, and to lead toward a future that is better than the past. ‘If you can see the invisible,’ Dr. Lown said, ‘you can do the impossible.’
Dr. Bernard Lown was the best of his generation. Kind and wise. A listener, a thinker, a doer. A teacher and prodder. A challenger and inspirer. Impossible to equal. And impossible to ignore.”
Michael Fine is a family physician.
He shares his story and discusses the KevinMD article, “In memory of Bernard Lown.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/04/in-memory-of-bernard-lown.html)