7. Recognize how scientific language objectifies relationships.



Section 2 Exercise 3 A Patient's Story

The video clip is from a talk by writer and liver transplant patient Richard McCann. You will encounter Professor McCann at various points in this curriculum.

1. What does this tell you about the language of medicine?

2. What role does language have, according to McCann, in depriving the patient of individuality—and in restoring it?

3. Frank Brancati's essay is about medical education and grooming for professional competence, whereas Professor MCCann's comments refer to the patient's experience. In spite of these different perspectives, what insights do they share? Compare the two. You may wish to jump ahead to McCann's remarks on patient individuation unit1Sec2o