I remember fondly my childhood visits to the pediatrician, to whom I may or may not still go accompanied by my mother. The unavoidable crinkle and tear of the butcher paper, the distinctive tang of doctor’s office soap, and even the terrifying sight of needles still evoke in me feelings of care and safety.
I know that I am weird in that I enjoyed visits to the doctor. Most, rationally, recoil from the place built to ascertain your ailments and expose your weaknesses before they can be treated. The patient-doctor dynamic has been, for many, one of frustration and distrust.
Skyler Inman, JE ’17, writes this week’s front about the breakdowns in communication and cooperation between patients and their physicians, parlaying her own illness and struggle to find a doctor who would actually listen to her—let alone diagnose her correctly—into a compelling analysis of the dangers inherent in patient-doctor relations, and the ways in which they can improve. In a feature, Hannah Hauptman, JE ’18, discusses another imperiled species in the honey bee, and the activism of Yale’s beekeepers who watch over them.
Also in the issue: Victoria Wang, PC ’18, critiques the systemic cycling of Yale students into jobs in consultation and finance in our other feature; Chris Cappello, SM ’17, gives his take on Conor Oberst’s forthcoming release; and Will Reid, PC ’19, shares an audio piece about the love of family transcending death just in time for Parents’ Weekend.
With only a week and a half-ish until fall break, let us take you away from your midterms for a minute or two.