Personal Narrative
Jun 2000

Through the Patient's Eyes: For My Father

Audiey Kao, MD, PhD
Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(6):54. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2000.2.6.prsp1-0006.


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.

June Patient Story

Awan KJ. ...For my father [A Piece of My Mind]. JAMA. 1994;271(18):1386.


Virtual Mentor. 2000;2(6):54.



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