Virtual Mentor. July 2000, Volume 2, Number 7.
Through the Patient's Eyes: Gertrude Stein Reads
Readers are referred to an article by Brenda Wineapple in a 1996 issue of JAMA to consider the experience of health care from the patient's perspective.
What is it like to be a patient experiencing a debilitating, potentially life-threatening illness or encountering the health care environment, perhaps for the first time, from a position of vulnerability? Through the stories of patients, physicians come to see themselves, and most especially their communications, from the other side of the equation. When patients — including physicians who become patients — voice their most intimate thoughts, feelings, and reactions, much can be learned.
July Patient Story
Wineapple B...Gertrude Stein Reads JAMA [A piece of my mind]. JAMA. 1996;276:1132-1133.
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