"I wouldn't demand a lot of my doctor's time, but I just wish he would brood upon my situation for perhaps five minutes, that he would give me his whole mind at least once, be bonded with me for a brief space, survey my soul as well as my flesh, to get at my illness. For each man is ill in his own way. Just as he orders blood tests and bone scans of my body, I'd like my doctor to scan me, to grope for my spirit as well as my prostate. Because without such recognition, I am nothing but my illness."
It is experiences like this which are forcing us to rethink and redo health care. We want and need a health care system that sees and treats the whole person. We demand it be changed.