Interdisciplinearity LO22644

Eli Camhi (
Mon, 13 Sep 1999 22:54:19 -0400

Replying to LO22637 --

Dear Friends

In the face of an epidemic like AIDS, a common purpose (preserving life
and reducing suffering) fosters a team approach to care that meets both
patient needs and team effort. It humbles the professional ego.
Permitting respect and appreciate for each discipline's contribution to
the whole.

A combination of clinical, clerical, and administrative staff share both
the success and sometimes overwhelming loss that this work contains.

The best teams also include the patient as a team member.

Our efforts currently consist of delivering HIV primary care to over 1400
patients in Bronx, New York. Of course, we are using combination
therapies which are, unfortunately, unavailable in countries like South
Africa (where the need is even greater). Some colleagues of mine are
attempting to address this by stimulating world wide support for vaccine

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

They sense incompletely and do not know it.
They mistake the part for the whole.
They can not integrate reports of other parts.
They can only "see" in terms of their past experience.
The elephant exists independent of their conclusions.


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