On Blindness and Blind Spots

Ruth Kannai, Aya Alon

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    This story is a reflection on the evolving relationship of a family physician with a patient suffering from a severe conversion disorder, expressed inter alia through "blindness." The narrative follows our journey as I attempt to unravel the meaning of the symptoms as a metaphoric expression of her agony. Eventually, I conclude that clinicians at times also may have a "blind spot" that prevents us from entirely grasping patients' complex inner struggles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)364-366
    Number of pages3
    JournalAnnals of Family Medicine
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018


    • blindness
    • conversion disorder
    • mind-body connection
    • trauma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Family Practice


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