Personal Narrative
Nov 2000

Through the Patient's Eyes: Alternative Healer

Faith Lagay, PhD
Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(11): doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2000.2.11.prsp1-0011.


What is it like to experience a debilitating, potentially life-threatening illness or to encounter the health care environment, perhaps for the first time, from a position of vulnerability? In reading patients' stories, physicians can come to see themselves and the often times unsettling medical encounter through others' eyes. When patients - including physicians who have become patients - voice their most intimate thoughts, feelings, and reactions, much can be learned.

November Patient Story

Gianakos D. Alternative healer. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(7):559.


Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(11):



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