Classic Interactions Between Patients And Doctors

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Classic interactions between patients and doctors rely heavily on medical competence. The doctor, the supposed superior in the arrangement, acts as a symbol for scientific proficiency while the patient exists as a sponge. While extensive knowledge is nonnegotiable in the field, empathy is a key component in ensuring proper diagnoses and sustaining healthy, impartial interactions. Margaret Edson 's play W;t employs dialogue and discontinuous juxtaposition in order to draw attention to the inevitable disconnect between patients and providers, which endangers successful medical engagement and outcomes. Proper communication is critical in fostering interpersonal connections. This is particularly essential in medicine, as patients and providers often communicate with strictly bureaucratic terms. Dr. Kelekian and Vivian address each other with not only impersonal terms, but truly contradictory titles: “Doctor” and “Miss” respectively (7). The professionalism in “doctor” and the informality in “Miss” juxtaposes the two characters’ affluence, suggesting that the patient is subservient to the dominant medical professional. This power dynamic sets the stage for disproportionate, inequitable dialogue. Consequentially, this very dynamic indicates a hierarchical structure that reduces Kelekian’s empathy as he does not address Vivian with her proper title, “Professor”. Rather, she is reduced to a generalized “Miss”, clumping her and all other patients with that title into the same…
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