Why we need doctor/patient forums

A man with severe Parkinson disease, who was barely able to walk, showed a neurologist that he could bicycle. (New York Times: Cycling Provides a Break for Some With Parkinson’s)

After seeing that man, Dr. Bloem asked 20 other severely affected patients about riding a bike. It turned out that all could do it, though it is not clear why…

“The observation is so novel and exciting that I keep amazing audiences when I show this video during my lectures, even when the audience consists of movement disorder experts,” Dr. Bloem said.

This reminds me of explorers who “discover” places that other people live.  All could benefit if physicians made a greater effort to really empathize with their patients.

Video: man with severe Parkinson’s rides bike with ease

April 5, 2010

2 thoughts on “Why we need doctor/patient forums”

  1. Amen to that! It has been getting more impersonal between physician and patient. There is much to be gained by physicians learning how a patient sometimes can feel and forums are a great avenue for this.

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