Amy Ross: Body Story or Person Story?

  • Elizabeth S. Kelchner Binghamton University, State University of New York

Abstract

Physicians' failure to communicate effectively with patients can cause depression, anxiety, and poor adjustment to illness. In this narrative, the author shares the story of one woman's communication with physicians while undergoing medical procedures that led to a diagnosis of cancer. Her experience reveals a cold and uncaring medical community, and the impact on her sense of self and quality of life is discussed.

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