Thursday, 24 May 2018
I'll be here awhile, helping, teaching, operating.
A colleague once told me that a brain surgeon's life is never boring and can be profoundly rewarding, but it comes at a price. You will inevitably make mistakes, you must learn to be objective about what you see, and yet not lose your humanity in the process.
I attempt to find a balance between the necessary detachment and compassion that a surgical career requires, a balance between hope and realism. Thus, I hope my presence here will help doctors and students understand the difficulties – so often of a human rather than technical nature – that they will face in their profession.
|Hadassah Medical Center (מרכז רפואי הדסה)|
The hospital was founded by Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, which continues to underwrite a large part of its budget today. The Medical Center ranks as the sixth-largest hospital complex in Israel. Across its two campuses, Hadassah Medical Center has a total of 1,000 beds, 31 operating theaters and nine special intensive care units, and runs five schools of medical professions.
(source: Wikipedia)Chagall windows
The Ein Karem campus synagogue is illuminated by stained glass windows depicting the twelve tribes of Israel, created by Marc Chagall. Chagall envisaged the synagogue as "a crown offered to the Jewish Queen," and the windows as "jewels of translucent fire. The windows were installed February 1962. At the dedication ceremony, Chagall said: "A stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world...To read the Bible is to perceive a certain light, and the window has to make this obvious through its simplicity and grace... The thoughts have nested in me for many years, since the time when my feet walked on the Holy Land, when I prepared myself to create engravings of the Bible. They strengthened me and encouraged me to bring my modest gift to the Jewish people, that people that lived here thousands of years ago.