Re: The March - Part 2 (pages 175 - 210)
AnnetteS: It seems to me most physicians would be emotionally moved, being human.
I don't know. I think a lot of physicians wrestle against the tendency to sympathize, with varying results. I've known a lot of med students, and I don't think very many of them really felt much noble sentiment towards their potential patients. There were a few stand-outs among the crowd, but a great many of them were motivated by the title, the money, the social standing, or the fire lit under their asses by domineering parents.
This is actually a topic of some interest to me, having had family in the medical practice, and last quarter I suggested a John McPhee book, "The Heirs of General Practice", which examines the decision of some medical students to enter into family practice rather than the specialized medical fields that tend to win more reknown and higher salaries. The book's on my shelf, so I'll end up reading it eventually anyway, but let me know if you have any interest in checking it out as well.
Oh, I also posted a link to an article that's related to this topic. I think it was in the science forum. I'll try to find it and bump it to the top so you can check it you, if you'd like.