Lost in the Tunnel

Arthur W. Frank

in The Renewal of Generosity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780226260150
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226260259 | DOI:
Lost in the Tunnel

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This chapter discusses “The Tunnel,” which appears in a little book with a provocative title, When a Doctor Hates a Patient and Other Chapters in a Young Physician's Life, coauthored by the late Enid Rhodes Peschel, who was codirector of the medical humanities program at Yale Medical School, and Richard Peschel, a radiologist. Each chapter begins with a story told in the first person by Richard Peschel, describing some incident in his medical residency and early career. Enid Peschel then discusses various literary texts that expand the issues in Richard's story. The tunnel is an evocative metaphor of the experience of being ill. Stories of being diagnosed as having a life-threatening or life-altering illness. Barbara Rosenblum suggests being in a psychic tunnel as she evokes her receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer. The tunnel is an equally evocative metaphor for institutional medicine: the organizational and physical structures within which care is offered.

Keywords: tunnel; Enid Rhodes Peschel; Richard Peschel; illness; Barbara Rosenblum; institutional medicine; The Tunnel; breast cancer

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Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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