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Knowledge and science are not enough 

Knowledge and science are not enough
Knowledge and science are not enough

Wolfgang Grisold

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date: 10 May 2021

Knowledge and science are the basis of neurology, while competence, skills, and possession of a virtue synthetically referred to as ‘phronesis’ are also expected in clinical practice. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of ‘soft facts’, which are well-formulated in the CanMEDs and belong to the neurologist’s spectrum of abilities. This spectrum embraces several aspects of the ability to work and communicate within a team and a community. Physician advocacy for patients is implicit in many of the agendas of a practising neurologist, but is often related to individual- and patient-based (micro) aspects. Meso and macro aspects are often neglected. This disregard can be due to a lack of awareness but also to a lack of attention. Management and communication skills, compassion, sympathy, empathy, and ‘passion’ are often mentioned, and are implicitly part of successful advocacy.

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