“I can’t stand and watch. Corona viruses are ugly animals. People are really sick. Everything is very demanding, we must try to stay close to them until the epidemic passes. Facing a lot of pain, a doctor cannot be sensitive to a wave of needs arising from the hospital … So, after three months of retirement, after living a life of healing patients, I decided to return to the ward beds and emergency rooms that were blocked by people with the virus. “
These words, from a doctor in Perugia, are echoed by many other medical figures in Italy, where many came out of retirement during the crisis to embrace the teaching of Hippocrates to “help the sick according to my abilities and judgment.” Last month, more than 7,000 doctors – including those who had retired – responded massively to requests for help from the Italian government. Their volunteerism embodies the idea of a doctor as a “servant and protector of life”, from beginning to end. They serve people, so that life is maintained in every situation and in a harmonious totality, even when a patient faces little hope of healing, as is the case with too many now – especially the old and those with underlying health problems.
In early April, more than 70 Italian doctors, many of them retired from returning to work, died in the battle against Covid-19. Their sacrifice reminded not only the Hippocrates but also the Gospel of the Good Samaritan of Luke, who acted with compassion when dealing directly with those affected by the disaster.
Doctor Alberto Malliani once observed beautifully: “Medicine is not only science, but also a complex discipline with a scientific basis that has human objects as biology and humans as expressions of the human condition. . . . A doctor cannot ignore the differences that exist between the effects of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, nor the thousands of faces of human suffering. That is, doctors must think vertically. “
This truth reflects the deepest meaning of the medical profession. Italian medical warriors have exemplified this devotion to patients.
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