The Scalpel And The Silver Bear, From The Heart And My Own Country Short Story Analysis

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The readings in this class were quite interesting and made me view different situations from someone else’s perspective. With all the books and stories we were responsible for this class, I connected to three wonderful stories for two particular reasons. As a young doctor, and doctor in general, there will be times when you develop a strong attachment towards a patient that may affect you mentally or a patient comes in with symptoms that are not recognizable. When I become a doctor, I always worried how I would react under pressure and whether I would become too emotionally attached to my patient; that is why I connected to The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, From the Heart and My Own Country, short stories from the book A Life in Medicine. These …show more content…
That is a reason I was interested in the story My Own Country. The doctor in this short story was a specialist in the infectious disease department (144). A patient was rushed to the hospital and the specialist from the infectious disease department was called on site. As the patient entered the Emergency Room, his skin and nails were not of normal color and the nurses and doctors assumed the patient was suffering from an extreme case of pneumonia (149). After running tests, taking blood and inserting tubes into the patient, the doctor finally diagnosed the patient with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS, due to the patient’s abnormal immune system …show more content…
While reading another story from A Life of Medicine entitled The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, I understood the doctors’ connection to a particular patient. The doctor in the short story, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, was a female surgeon and the first from her family (262). As she was completing rounds, she stubble upon a patient who reminded her of her father; they were both alcoholics. In the story, the doctor explains how her father was a loving man and taught her everything she knew about her culture. However when he drank, her father was someone she did not recognize. The doctor continues to give examples of her father and his actions related to alcohol but she did not hate her father; everything she knew about her culture made her appreciate her father. Although the doctor in this story was not emotionally attached to a patient, she did have a connection that reminded her of her father. Will I, too, have connection with every patient that has diabetes or other illnesses because a family has that same disease or illness? I do worry about getting too attached to patients because their condition may worsen and my emotions may hinder my work abilities. That is why I also enjoyed the short story From the

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