The Art of Medicine
Healing and the Limits of Technology
Herbert Ho Ping Kong
A fascinating and instructive journey into the heart of modern medical practice
In The Art of Medicine, Toronto Western Hospital’s legendary internist Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong draws on his vast dossier of personal cases and five decades as a clinician, to examine the core principles of a patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment. While HPK, as he is fondly known, recognizes and applauds the many invaluable innovations in medical technology, as disease and its management grow increasingly complex, he insists that physicians must learn to develop an arsenal of more basic skills, actively using the arts of seeing, hearing, palpation, empathy, and advocacy to provide a more humane and holistic form of care. Aimed at medical practitioners, trainees, aspiring doctors and laymen, the book also contains interviews with more than a dozen of HPK’s patients, as well as short essays that explore the thinking of some 15 of his professional colleagues on the art of medicine.
Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong is a senior consulting physician at the University Health Network and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. His practice has focused on difficult diagnostic problems for which he has a national reputation. Michael Posner was a feature reporter for the Globe and Mail for 15 years, has written five books, two plays, and won a Genie award for best supporting actor in a movie.