By Paulette Mehta
I sit in the back office seeing patients through a video camera, safe. My patient arrives. I ask him questions. I ask him to feel for enlarged lymph nodes, swelling, tenderness, and more. We reach a diagnosis and a plan. All is done but the human touch is missing. The pandemic has stolen this too.
Dr. Paulette Mehta is Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Editor-in-Chief of Medicine and Meaning. She reads and writes poetry in her spare time.