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The Empathy Project #32

It feels a bit bittersweet, but The Empathy Project will more or less be coming to an end with this installment. It just feels to me like it is time to take a bit of a break and move on to some other projects. It is quite possible that I might resume the project at some point in the future, but for now I feel I need to move on to other things I'd like to explore.

This has been a very meaningful project for me and I do hope that others found it enjoyable to see and listen to! And I thank everyone for the comments along the way.

This gentleman speaks very openly about what it's like to have and deal with heart disease at a younger age. "When you wake up and see the sun you know you have another day!"

© Howard Grill

© Howard Grill


Back in September, I had introduced my Empathy Project. The idea behind this 'humanism in medicine' project is that doctors often see patients without nearly as much time as they would like to have in order to get to know them  as 'people'.  It's easy for doctors to lose sight of the fact that patients have the same types of lives as they do, with the same ups and downs, and with interesting events that they have either witnessed or lived through. This project is an attempt to recognize 'patients as people' by having me take their portrait and record their stories at the end of their visit to my office.

As I make these posts, the portraits and audio will be added to my Empathy Project Portfolio, where all the entries can be seen and listened to in a group.

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