Personal Narrative
Jul 2000

Through the Patient's Eyes: Gertrude Stein Reads

Audiey Kao, MD, PhD
Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(7):64. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2000.2.7.prsp1-0007.


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. 1996;276(14):1132-1133.


Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(7):64.



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