Shelley’s “Prayer of the Orphan Patient to the Doctor”

Listen to me Don’t be cynical, indifferent, or in a hurry. Ask me what makes my problem better or worse. Ask me what I think the cause is. Ask me to look for clues and teach me what they are. Think about me Think of my problem when you read those books, journals, and atlases. Think of my problem when you attend meetings. Think of asking your colleagues about me. Test me Order specific tests to help you decide on my diagnosis and treatment. Could I have AIDS, cancer, or lupus? Do I need a biopsy? A challenge with a medication? Do I need hospital help? Do I need to … Continue reading

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