Pressure and disenchantment in physicians—Part II: Lessons for physicians from the Tao Te Ching

Clay J. Cockerell

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Physicians are faced with many stressors today that place them at risk of disenchantment, depression, and “burnout.” Although this is costly to the individual physician, it is equally costly to society because physician stress can lead to exercise of poor judgment and medical errors. It also threatens to exacerbate physician shortages, as more physicians opt to retire or, in some cases, change careers altogether. In this essay, suggestions are made as to how to deal with these stressors that, if used, can ameliorate them at least to some degree. A Chinese spiritual text, the Tao Te Ching, will be explored in depth as yet another tool that physicians can use as a guide for living with less stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


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  • Dermatology

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