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Essay #1: Doctor and Patient Relationship The doctor-patient relationship always has been and will remain an essential basis of care, in which high quality information is gathered and procedures are made as well as provided. This relationship is a critical foundation to medical ethics that all doctors should attempt to follow and live by. Patients must also have confidence in their physicians to trust the solutions and work around created to counter act certain illnesses and disease. Doctor-patient relationships can directly be observed in both the stories and poems of Dr. William Carlos Williams as well as in the clinical tales of Dr. Oliver Sacks. Both of these doctors have very similar and diverse relationships with multiple patients…show more content…
The first story is titled the same as the book. The patient is a older man named Dr. P who suffers from a vision impairment, but his illness lies further beneath the surface. Dr. P is a music teacher at a local school and music plays a huge influence in his life. Through the reading, it is shown how interested Dr. Oliver Sacks is in his relationship with Dr. P. Near the end of the story the patient asks Oliver Sacks what would he prescribe for him and the response given is “…I would prescribe, in a case such as yours, is a life which consists entirely of music.”(pg13 Sacks). This shows that the relationship between the doctor and patient is based more on what the patient can relate to and find easy to adapt with. Next is a story called “Hands”. The story is based on a sixty year old woman named Madeline, a blind persona that also suffers from cerebral palsy which leaved her un-capable to function with her hands. Madeleine is so used to having everyone do things for her, meanwhile she still has feelings in her hands; Oliver then decides to not starve her but let her grab the food on instinct to then soon find out she uses her hands to grab a bagel. The way the story ends is she begins to ask for clay and molds what she in visions people’s faces and objects to look like and surprisingly comes out very close. It is as if one sense is lost the others increase in quality. This relationship is very similar to previous stories; Oliver takes

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