How Is the Doctor/Patient Relationship Reflected in These Poems and Stories? What View of William Carlos Williams’s Struggle as a Doctor and Poet Does the Doctor Stories Present?

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The doctor-patient relationship is central to the practice of medicine and is essential for the delivery of high-quality health care in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. A patient must have confidence in the competence of their doctor and must feel that they can confide in him or her. Doctor- patient relationship is reflects in these stories by patients always seeking him out and him always taking care of them regardless if he gets compensated or not. Doctor Williams always seems to put on a frown on his face depending on the type of patients he sees. For example, in the story “Jean Beicke”, doctor- patient relationship reflects the fact that he focuses on her in particular over the other children and helps her to gain weight…show more content…
Williams noticed that drugged-up Rivers is a danger to his patients, yet he admires the man's doctoring skills to a certain extent and the confidence he gives his patients. The story shows the effects the power of the physician in this case, a physician who is neither up-to-date nor up-to-snuff-in the patient-physician relationship. Yet, his charismatic power is often effective in healing. Williams had to sit back and watch as his colleague die from drugs. The poem “The Birth” represents the everyday life of a doctor who delivers babies. This poem depicts the delivering of a baby by a forty year old woman named Para and how long it took for it to come out and the pain that the woman is feeling during the contractions. Finally the baby starts to move towards the exit and weighted in at thirteen and a half pound named Madonna. The doctor’s frustration of waiting for the baby to come tires him. In conclusion, other struggles that he had to deal with are how to balance being a doctor and a writer/poet. William said that “it’s no strain. In fact the one (medicine) nourishes the body and the other (writing), even if at times I’ve groaned to the contrary.” (pg xi) In other words even if he decided to complain that he was drained and over worked he would denied the writing time that he craved but he would never forget the healing and inspiring moments of doctoring. For him writing was a profession but at the same

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