Retired Central Texas ER doctor on how he navigated the 'painful incongruity' of his work
Dr. Pat Crocker, a retired Central Texas emergency room doctor, says one of the struggles of his career was "trying to walk that line between empathy and self-harm." He says he wanted to maintain the human connection of medicine while not identifying too closely with patients' pain and tragedy. How did he do it? He actually doesn't have a great answer to that question. But after more than 30 years heading emergency rooms at Brackenridge Hospital, Children's Hospital of Austin and Dell Children's Medical Center, he has thought about it a lot.
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