Dr. S - have you read "A Leg to Stand On" by Dr. Oliver Sacks? This is a remarkable book about his journey into being a patient and his reflections. An amazing book.
On p. 132, he writes:
“…I saw that one must oneself be a patient, and a patient among patients, that one must enter both the solitude and the community of patienthood, to have any real idea of what ‘being a patient’ means, to understand the immense complexity and depth of feelings, the resonances of the soul in every key – anguish, rage, courage, whatever – and the thoughts evoked, even in the simplest practical minds, because as a patient one’s experience forces one to think” .
Dr. Sclafani, I do believe that on some level you have entered into this "community of patienthood" that he describes. Smile
Thanks for teaching me.
i have met dr sacks and listened to him speak at a community center in greenwich village. he is a remarkable brilliant man. I have learned from him too.
My wife is a psychotherapist/analyst whose expertise is in empathic immersion. A follower of Heinz Kohut, she and her circle have taught me much about empathy and that has made me a better physician.
She has started to teach my incoming residents about empathy.