From the article:
“O’Connell remembers the rage he used to feel about homelessness and his sense that he should focus on eliminating it. ‘Then I started to realize, I’m only a doctor, and I can’t do that. Many folks who come and do this work want to fix homelessness, and when they can’t, they get disheartened. The ones who make it realize that our job as doctors is to ease suffering. Then it becomes about the stories.'”
Read more in Dr. O’Connell’s new book, Stories from
the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor (Boston: 2015). Before he decided to be a doctor, O’Connell’s early vocational wanderings included studies in theology.