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Artist's Statement: Patient Care

Yoon, Heidi

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31822238ac
Other Features: Cover Art

Ms. Yoon is an artist living in Brea, California;

During my studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, I have had many conversations with my brother, who is a surgeon and physician living in Baltimore, Maryland. He and I have often discussed the wonderful bond between a doctor and patient, and in our conversations, I can see that he has great respect for this relationship.

Through my brother's experience and my own, I have come to understand the importance of the patient's relationship with the primary care doctor. When in care, patients trust their doctors to do what is right for them. As a patient navigating the complicated and often frustrating path through illness, care, and recovery, it is important to have a primary care doctor who can offer comfort as well as treatment. The body language of the woman in my drawing suggests that she is overwhelmed, as many patients are. Doctors reach out to their patients, bridging worlds, establishing connections, and beginning the healing process. No one should feel neglected or unreached in this world. No matter where a doctor is practicing or who the patients are, it is very important that a doctor connects to his or her patients and surroundings. The bond between a patient and a doctor is a special and unique connection that must be nurtured.



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