Mary Duffy was lying in bed half-asleep on the morning after her breast cancer surgery in February when a group of white-coated strangers filed into her hospital room.Great, great article. Should be required reading for anyone even remotely involved with patient care.
Without a word, one of them - a man - leaned over Ms. Duffy, pulled back her blanket, and stripped her nightgown from her shoulders.
Weak from the surgery, Ms. Duffy, 55, still managed to exclaim, "Well, good morning," a quiver of sarcasm in her voice.
But the doctor ignored her. He talked about carcinomas and circled her bed like a presenter at a lawnmower trade show, while his audience, a half-dozen medical students in their 20's, stared at Ms. Duffy's naked body with detached curiosity, she said.
After what seemed an eternity, the doctor abruptly turned to face her.
"Have you passed gas yet?" he asked.
"Those are his first words to me, in front of everyone," said Ms. Duffy, who runs a food service business near San Jose, Calif.
"I tell him, 'No, I don't do that until the third date,' " she said. "And he looks at me like he's offended, like I'm not holding up my end of the bargain."
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
16 August 2005
In the Hospital, a Degrading Shift from Person to Patient (New York Times, 16 August 2005)