Medicine is an art, good medicine that is, both in Veterinary medicine and human medicine.
In Veterinary medicine this art is more difficult as the patients can't tell the doctor what is bothering them.
Therefore, a complete physical exam, and a detailed history is imperative in order to achieve a diagnosis.
Of course, an experienced eye with many years in practice is an essential element.
Unfortunately medicine has become in some instances not an art, but a blanket approach in which based upon algorithms--and not critical thinking--a myriad of tests are done, and these tests can be costly.
I believe in diagnostic tests; they are essential, but I also believe in a logical approach and fine tuning the tests to the case in front of me.
I regard in many cases the art of medicine to be like a detective work in which a methodical and logical approach is applied.
Yet, always remembering that the first rule of medicine is do no harm.
And, always remembering that in front of me is a pet that feels and is a member of the family.
The Art of Medicine is not just a cliche but something to strive for and always practice.
And like any form of art, there are good artists, not so good artist, and exceptional artists.
In medicine the exceptional doctor has that additional spark of compassion and wisdom that sets him apart.
Dr. Ehud Sela
Gentle Vet Animal Hospital