Empathy can distract. It misleads, causing us to act counter to the greater good.
But some questions still remain unanswered.
Though there are antibiotics to counter its effects, we haven't eradicated Hansen's Disease, which is why it's so disconcerting that few physicians are able to identify—and thus treat—the condition.
Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy was a tough one, but it was her decision to make. What would you have done in the same situation? And is there even a "same situation," when different doctors might offer different approximations of your chances of developing breast cancer?