Our work as physicians and healers is to see the whole patient
“Instead of focusing on one organ system, I want to know everything. The diagnostic challenge is to discern patterns of insults, symptoms, and lab tests that correlate with specific microbes, specific organ dysfunction, specific diet issues, and environmental exposures. We keep asking questions until we detect patterns in the chronically ill patient that correlate with any number of overlapping issues such as infections, hormone deficiencies, immune dysregulation, toxic exposures, and diminished capacity to detoxify. And then we explore the interrelationship of all these problems. Differentiation then integration.”
Daniel Kinderlehrer is a physician and author of Recovery from Lyme Disease: The Integrative Medicine Guide to Diagnosing and Treating Tick-Borne Illness.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Our work as physicians and healers is to see the whole patient.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/03/our-work-as-physicians-and-healers-is-to-see-the-whole-patient.html)