14 February 2012

A sense of purpose

One doesn't ask of one who suffers: what is your country and what is your religion? One merely says, You suffer, this is enough for me, you belong to me and I shall help you. -Louis Pasteur, famed French chemist and microbiologist.

Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing more than medicine on a grand scale. -Rudolf Virchow, famed German pathologist.
I'm finding my courses increasingly demanding, and my treasured free time has continued to diminish. My social circle barely extends beyond my community of medical students, nor can it. What keeps me going is the hope that, by pressing on, I'll be uniquely able to help my fellow man. It is strange giving up much of young adulthood because of an idea.