I have always enjoyed looking at the world through the writer’s eye; seeing the story that exists behind the framework of daily life. This article, which comes via a friend in publishing, finds similarities between Grimm’s Fairytales and the patients seen in the hospital. The author comments on how medical training seldom provides insight into the context of an individual’s ailments. She is left with these haunting images and the questions they provoke. And yet my sense is that, simply by viewing these patients through the lens of a storyteller, she is probably gaining a greater insight into their illness than the physicians who don’t bother to wonder. If nothing else, she is likely more invested in her patients if she can invent a narrative for their lives; a way to pick out individuals amid the blur of cases that crowd into a day’s work.

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