Personal Narrative
Aug 2000

Through the Patient's Eyes: He Lifted His Eyes

Audiey Kao, MD, PhD
Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(8):74. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2000.2.8.prsp1-0008.


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.

August Patient Story

Keene N. He lifted his eyesJAMA. 1997;277(19):1502.


Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(8):74.



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