As physicians we owe our patients two things– only two things– our time and our skill. We do not owe our patients our lives.
Doctors must take some time off from their daily work to get some rest, to travel, to participate in their family affairs, be an active member of their community, etc.
To excessively devote our lives to the practice of medicine while we neglect other aspects of living may be tantamount to never having lived at all.
Joseph D. Wassersug, M.D.