The Family and Friends Test
How do the life circumstances of laboratory medical professionals affect their perception of patients?
Michael Schubert | | Opinion
I recently read a reflection by a Polish pathologist on Instagram. Roughly translated, she asked, “Does being a doctor make me a different kind of mother to my children… or am I a different kind of doctor now that I am a mother?” She noted that being a doctor made her more aware of the diseases her children might encounter – but that being a mother made her more aware of the people behind each diagnosis. “Now, looking at each patient’s details, I wonder if there is a daughter or granddaughter,” she wrote. “Or maybe it is a lonely father of two, or a newlywed husband.”
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