AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. September 2017, Volume 19, Number 9: 947-948.
doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.9.imhl1-1709.

Images of Healing and Learning

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An image of a shackled patient captures the artist’s experience in working as a prison physician.

Artwork and caption by Satyajeet Roy, MD


Figure 1. Hydrochlorothiazide, by Satyajeet Roy
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Pencil on paper.


I prescribed hydrochlorothiazide to treat my patient’s hypertension. He was in solitary confinement. I still remember the stench of urine in his prison cell.

Satyajeet Roy, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey. He is also an internal medicine-primary care physician at Cooper University Health Care and the director of resident research for the Cooper University Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. He enjoys taking care of his patients, teaching medical students and residents, conducting research, performing music, and sketching and painting various aspects of human emotions he has observed in his interactions with others.

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