At the beginning i knew intellectually what was in store for me i allowed myself to be a patient to trust my doctors and let them lead me through the treatments and complications and side . Trading places when doctors become patients what happens when doctors exchange the white coat for a hospital gown physicians learn the importance of empathy and language and gain an appreciation for the trauma of illness robert klitzman md was 43 when his body gave out on him. When doctors become patients addresses the ethos and pathos of a universal but frequently taboo subject for physicians robert klitzman a psychiatrist and bioethicist at columbia university has composed a print documentary consisting of the distilled and interwoven narratives of nearly 50 physician patients combined with the authors deft . Robert klitzmans book when doctors become patients records the experiences of 70 wounded physicians to use carl jungs term through these stories the author seeks new insights into being a physician being sick and the functioning of the health care system in the united states in the early 21st century. When doctors become patients robert klitzman the first systematic look at what jung called the phenomenon of wounded healers weaves together intimate personal interviews with health care providers who have fallen ill to provide a rich portrait of the psychology of doctors the nature of human illness and the pitfalls of our health care system
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