compassion: to suffer sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another or others, accompanied by an urge to help; deep sympathy; pity

What does this word really mean? Here’s one set of reflections from Maria, a psychiatrist who blogs at Intueri. And a response from Shadowfax, an anonymous emergency-room physician and blogger somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Go and read both of them. I have nothing more to add.

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