Perplexing Stories About Doctors and Patients From the Front Lines of Medicine

Perplexing Stories About Doctors and Patients From the Front Lines of Medicine

A collection of short stories

This book is a collection of short stories inspired by my twenty-year career practicing general pediatrics. A general theme unites the stories: the doctor-patient interaction is affected by culture and life experience. The unique culture of each party can open a gulch of mistrust between healers and the families they serve. Bridging this nexus is one of the great challenges of medicine and, when it happens, one of its miracles. The inability to bridge the gap, on the other hand, is one of the most frustrating aspects of the medical encounter.

Medicine is a social act. The interaction is colored by the cultural background of the physician and the patient. Both parties have agendas and preconceptions that influence their expectations, their thought, their speech and their actions. Despite these differences, perhaps with a little effort, certainly with the desire for mutual understanding, a harmonious alliance can be achieved. On some occasions, however, a chasm persists, between expectation and reality, which creates conflict and misunderstanding. The stories of this collection take place in this gap.