The Patient

  • Ronald SchleiferEmail author
  • Jerry B. VannattaEmail author


This chapter focuses on the experience of patients: that of a lesbian African American poet stricken with cancer in The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde, a fictional account of a young mother’s descent into postpartum psychosis in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and a physician’s encounter with the “patient” understood as the extended family of a terminal patient in Dr. Rafael Campo’s poem “The Couple.” The texts of this chapter allow healthcare providers to widen their sense of the experiences and concerns patients bring to the clinic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Oklahoma City UniversityOklahoma CityUSA

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