Illness Narrative – Long Form

My Illness Narrative: the Autopathography Project (If you want this in a printable form, please email D.J. Elpern You may have a complex health problem that doctors have not solved. When you enter the new doctor’s office, a perky young person asks who referred you and then requests your insurance cards. Next, there are numerous forms to fill out. Then, you are seen by an assistant who records your weight, blood pressure, pulse, and even the oxygen saturation from a fingertip. Finally, the physician or his “extender” sees you for 10 – 15 minutes, at least half of which time he is focused on your electronic medical record. After … Continue reading

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