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Observations Lobby Watch

Christian Medical Fellowship

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4586 (Published 20 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4586

What is compassion?

Compassion is identification with the pain and suffering of another.
This identification is not limited to mankind, and the animal world is
full of examples. Many pet-owners have been humbled by their pets'
compassion. So let's not flaunt our compassion, and recognize that it is
the least we can offer those who suffer. Identification doesn't require
sophistication, education, or vocation.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 July 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA