“Alright, sir, that’s the plan, and we will take good care of you.   What questions do you have for me?” I asked after discussing the patient’s condition and hospital course.  The patient looked satisfied and nodded as if he understood the plan, and asked: “Well, one question, where are you from?”  I immediately let out an internal sigh, knowing where this conversation was going and replied, “Well sir, I was ...

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Physicians and health care providers across the world are trained to treat disease processes and disease states. Often, this approach becomes technical. And while directed towards the patient, it paradoxically distances itself from the patient. The distance created between the patient and the physician through diagnostic and therapeutic approaches is related to the patient’s dissatisfaction with their medical journey. Being sick and ill, whether it is a major or minor illness, ...

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