A thank you

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b130
  1. Holly B Fontenot, clinical assistant professor, Boston College, William F Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
  1. Holly.fontenot{at}

    As clinicians, we try to be sensitive and caring with our patients, to be present for each individual. I don’t think consciously about this on a daily basis but just do what I do. One afternoon I opened up my email to a thank you. I was unsure who was thanking me or for what, so I just started to read:

    “We met last February when I entered health clinic on a rainy Tuesday morning. I had been raped three days earlier. When I entered the clinic, with the intention of just getting tested for STDs I was directed to the room where I met you. We spoke for about fifteen minutes. In that time I accepted the fact that …

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