“Despite my thirty years experience as a physician assistant in general pediatric practice, I hadn’t made much headway with Daniel. I’d pose a question, and his mother would jump in to answer it for him. He continued to slouch on the exam table and stare at the floor.
“Perhaps my years of clinical practice were beginning to take their toll. Or perhaps this quiet boy somehow reminded me of my own struggles with depression during a turbulent adolescence….”
Pulse is an online magazine that uses stories and poems from patients and health care professionals to talk honestly about giving and receiving medical care.