Don’t assume your patients’ character based on their diagnoses
1. Bipolar disorder
2. History of postpartum psychosis
3. No custody of her children
4. In treatment for cocaine abuse
5. Regular smoker
I digest each of these facts on the computer screen in rapid succession, progressively cementing the picture of Renee Pryce, a 28-year-old woman in her final months of pregnancy.
I’m a first-year resident in a large urban county hospital. In the course of my training, I’ve learned that some people (mostly older doctors) …