"Jum'ah" Syndrome

Ruth Kannai

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This is my memoir as a sick child, hospitalized in the Pediatric ward of a large hospital, many years ago. The story tells about my friendship with another young patient, Jum'ah, a Bedouin child who suffered from Congenital Cyanotic Heart Disease, to whom the pediatric ward was Home. My Childish understanding of Jum'ah's loneliness, anxiety and struggle to be loved and belonged are described in this narrative. I describe how this experience still has an influence on my adult professional and personal concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-134
Number of pages2
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Parent-child relationship
  • Patient narrative
  • Patient's experience
  • Physician narrative
  • Sick child
  • Transcultural medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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