The phoenix: A 20-year patient-doctor journey

Ruth Kannai, Dana Salem, Aya Rice

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    In a previous story (“On Blindness and Blind Spots”)1 I sought to understand the psychological causes of a long-time patient’s myriad of seemingly inexplicable symptoms. Since then, I learned more of her story, which helped me understand my patient with a new perspective. Dana shared with me, and now with the readers, short poetic pieces she has written to describe her traumatic experiences as a child—and the efforts she makes as a grown woman to heal, like the phoenix rises from its ashes. The value of belief in one’s patient, alongside patience and the opportunity to build a trusting relationship over many years—as the truth has a pace of its own—are underscored.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-82
    Number of pages3
    JournalAnnals of Family Medicine
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


    • Chronic pain syndrome
    • Doctor-patient relationship
    • Patient narrative
    • Physician narrative
    • Sexual abuse

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Family Practice


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