Challenging Patients

  • James BinderEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


On a hot, muggy August day in Greece in the year 2004, a relatively unknown, but well trained, Brazilian runner, Vanderlei de Lima, led an elite pack of Olympic runners on the historic Marathon to Athens course. The messenger Phidippedes first ran that path over 2,000 years ago [1]. Six kilometers remained. People of all nationalities lined the streets screaming encouragement to Vanderlei. Suddenly, a deranged Irish cleric broke through the barricade, sprinted right to Vanderlei and literally tackled him to the ground. Vanderlei, naturally, experienced terror. With the help of a fan, Vanderlei broke loose, scrambled to his feet, and reentered the race. He lost his lead and a chance for the gold medal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marshall University School of MedicineHuntingtonUSA

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