The island.

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A clinician's chance encounter on the subway, after a long day seeing patients, prompts reflections on the nature of our interactions with our patients and with others we come across in our lives. Random yet precise, these interactions create a string of opportunities to witness other people's lives as well as our own. Sitting next to a young girl and her mother, the author daydreams about the images that appear to be on the surface, and then suddenly glimpses another level of reality that redefines the stereotypes. Like strangers on a train, we accompany our patients, everyone with their own stories and histories, in a series of unique moments. Occasionally a door opens that lets us see things differently. If we are receptive to it, we may learn something not only about our patients but also about ourselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-79
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Family Medicine
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

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Selwyn, Peter A. / The island. In: Annals of Family Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 78-79.
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