Ebola Fundamentally Alters the Doctor-Patient Relationship

November 18, 2014 8:17 PM

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MONROVIA -- Six months ago I cared for Sharon, a 50-year-old woman who had traveled from California's central valley to UC San Francisco for specialized care. For months she and her family had noticed an insidious onset of jaundice. Over several months the yellowing spread slowly, but unrelentingly, like mold creeping along the walls of a water-damaged home.

One morning Sharon looked in the mirror and startled herself. She no longer recognized her once vibrant visage. Two weeks later, after a CT scan revealed a plum-sized mass at the head of her pancreas, she came to UCSF for a biopsy and diagnosis. I met her with my team of medical students, interns an...

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