Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Thom Ferrier

  • Cruel to be kind

    Thom FerrierUnited Kingdom When does “eliciting a response using pain” turn into sadism? While working in the Emergency Department in the ’90s, I would sometimes perceive an apparent vindictiveness in the actions of colleagues—and occasionally recognized within myself—born of tiredness, frustration, or a sense of being manipulated by a patient. At these times I suppose…