Touching a patient

Victoria McEvoy: “Let’s face it, human sexuality is often the elephant in the room when doctors and patients interact. Or, I should say, perceived sexuality. What may seem like prurient interest from the patient’s point of view may be just another breast exam, pelvic, or mole check in a busy afternoon. What can be deeply mortifying for a patient does not even register on the radar of a busy physician. After all, it is our job to look for wayward moles on hidden spots, check for hernias in an embarrassed young male, and to provide preventive care for sexually active young people.”

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