Hidden Problems
by Steve Lindley

Reflection

I have attempted to demonstrate with the aid of an annotated photograph of a crowded tube station-people's hypothetical conditions, whether minor or severe and their opinion of how "well" they feel as a percentage.

I have considered whether each person has presented symptoms to their doctor. I have also tried not to stereotype people.

Whole Person Care

Comments

OT

17 March 2011 - 12:57:44
"I like how this takes an ordinary situation and people who we normally view as without a personality, and attaches stories to each individual. It makes you think..."

JK

19 March 2012 - 11:25:01
"This picture really brings home the point that health is a very personal thing. How we feel is completely unique to ourselves and cannot always be judged by an outside person. The fact that the picture is of an everday scene of people going about their normal daily lives just reminds me that health and illness go far beyond the doctor's surgery or the hospital. Outside of these healthcare environments, they are normal people with normal lives, something that should be considered during diagnosis and treatment of disease. I will try to keep these thoughts in mind in my later career, a reminder to treat everyone as people not cases, and to think of how everyone is different in their responses and feelings to illness."

Katie Warren

19 March 2012 - 11:25:01
"I found this piece really eye opening. It's really interesting how differently everyone perceives their own health and well-being and really makes the point that, as a doctor or health care professional, you can never know how someone is feeling until you talk to them and ask them questions about how they feel. It amazes me that one person can feel 67% with a common cold and another 96% when fighting breast cancer. This piece is a good reminder of how you should treat each patient as a person and not as a disease."

JR

19 March 2012 - 11:25:01
"As previously commented this picture reminds us eash individual has their own perception of health and illness - but what influence has eash person's doctor had over this? Perhaps 'fighting breast cancer' is fairly happy because she has a GP who fully and sensitively explained her prognosis, allowing her to preoperly come to terms with her illness. THe picture reminds us how much influence a physician can have over the real lives of his patients, and how careful we must be when exercising this power."

Louise Geller

19 December 2012 - 18:30:23
"I think this is a really interesting and eye opening piece. It's just such an amazing thing, if you take a minute to stop and think, that when you travel on a bus or train and you look around, there are all these people you don't know and who you probably won't see again, but all of them have their own stories, problems, families and friends. The poet Philip Larkin calls it a "frail travelling coincidence", sharing this moment of unity with the other passengers but soon everyone will disperse and continue with their own lives. I think this picture really demonstrates that incredible fact and makes you put into perspective your own problems and appreciate the world outside your own life and, as a doctor, empathise more with the people whose paths you will cross."

SG

19 December 2012 - 18:30:23
"I think this piece very effectively highlights how the variability between people's perceptions of their own health can be striking; one person may manage to deal with a particular illness without too much disruption to their life, while the same illness may have a far greater impact on the life of another individual. It reminds us that healthcare professionals need to look at the patient and then the disease, rather than the other way round, and always consider the effect a disease will have for that particular individual."

Oceana Fernando

05 November 2018 - 07:26:24
"This piece is interesting as it highlights the difference's in perceptions of one's own health, particularly as it highlights the impact that different conditions can have on daily life. This highlights the importance of doctors paying attention to the individual and their duty to look after their patient's physical and mental health."

Isobel Taylor

06 November 2018 - 09:04:38
"This piece is very interesting because on first glance it doesn't appear medical, and this only becomes clear once the labels have been read. It highlights that on first glance of a person it can be difficult to tell if someone is well or not as many conditions are not visible. Also, it is a reminder that everyone views health differently and has their own standard of health: the man with severe atherosclerosis feels 83% well whereas someone else with the common cold only feels 67% well. Its setting in a tube station reminds that people with health conditions are still individuals with goals, careers, families and hobbies."

Isobel Taylor

06 November 2018 - 09:06:52
"This piece is very interesting because on first glance it doesn't appear medical, and this only becomes clear once the labels have been read. It highlights that on first glance of a person it can be difficult to tell if someone is well or not as many conditions are not visible. Also, it is a reminder that everyone views health differently and has their own standard of health: the man with severe atherosclerosis feels 83% well whereas someone else with the common cold only feels 67% well. Its setting in a tube station reminds that people with health conditions are still individuals with goals, careers, families and hobbies."

Isobel Taylor

06 November 2018 - 09:27:33
"This piece is very interesting because on first glance it doesn't appear medical, and this only becomes clear on reading the labels. It highlights that on first glance at a person it can be difficult to tell if someone is well or not as many conditions are not visible. Also it is a reminder that everyone views health differently and has their own standard of health: the man with severe atherosclerosis feels 83% well whereas someone else with a common cold feels only 67% well. Its setting in a tube station is a reminder that people with health conditions are still individuals with goals, careers, families and hobbies. "

Anna

06 November 2018 - 09:34:08
"I thought this piece was very interesting as the use of the tube station really shows just how disease can affect anyone. It also shows how we as individuals have our own opinion sand thoughts on our own conditions and they may be different to tithers others in the same position. It also illustrates how we as doctors have to deal with such a wide range of people and conditions. desire "