Hospitals, Volume 1, Issue 1 (September 2024) – 3 articles

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Opinion
A Molecule from Madness: An Exploration into Patients’ Illnesses through West Texas Polio
by Jonathan Kopel
Hospitals 2024, 1(1), 16-31; https://doi.org/10.3390/hospitals1010003 - 16 Jul 2023
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Neurology holds a unique perspective that embodies the art of capturing a patient’s story. Despite medical advancements, many neurological conditions leave patients permanently impaired. This sudden loss of independence can be demoralizing and, in most cases, directly changes a person’s identity. It is [...] Read more.
Neurology holds a unique perspective that embodies the art of capturing a patient’s story. Despite medical advancements, many neurological conditions leave patients permanently impaired. This sudden loss of independence can be demoralizing and, in most cases, directly changes a person’s identity. It is therefore a necessary part of a neurologist’s trade to know their patient’s history—their story. Their tales reveal intimate details of their personality changes, memory loss, sensory deprivation, and movement disorders. A true neurologist is a person that remains vulnerable through their willingness to take a history—the story of their patient—and remain curious, vulnerable, and compassionate through their journey to heal and comfort the patient. To understand the patient’s illness experience in neurology, the underlying themes of patient recovery (compassion, determination, and patience) are explored with regard to the neurological patient’s experience. These themes are then expanded to include the neurology patient’s mental perceptions of themselves, and their illness’ influences over their identity, recovery, and daily life. In addition to the patient’s experience, the neurologist’s awareness and emotional response to the patient’s illness experience can provide an opportunity to develop a strong therapeutic bond with their patient and improve patient outcomes. Given that their neurological impairment causes a loss of independence and control over their identity and self-worth, neurologists can incorporate the patient’s experience into their management and treatment, to better address their emotional and spiritual needs as they come to terms with their identity. Full article
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Article
Obstetric Violence in Italy
by Marina Di Lello Finuoli
Hospitals 2024, 1(1), 3-15; https://doi.org/10.3390/hospitals1010002 - 29 Jun 2023
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This essay focuses on so-called obstetric violence, i.e., the medical malpractice consisting of disrespect and/or abuses to the detriment of women during their labor or when they give birth, as well as during health care services concerning the sexual and reproductive sphere. The [...] Read more.
This essay focuses on so-called obstetric violence, i.e., the medical malpractice consisting of disrespect and/or abuses to the detriment of women during their labor or when they give birth, as well as during health care services concerning the sexual and reproductive sphere. The main goal is to start a debate on a topic already considered by foreign lawmakers, also for punishment purposes. After an empirical-criminological survey of the cases and the misconduct to be labelled as “obstetric violence”, this essay analyses the legal tools available in Italy. From a law reform perspective, the author reflects on the (non-criminal) strategies to prevent distortions of the doctor–patient relationship as well as on the harm to women’s self-determination and dignity, particularly in respect of the rules on informed consent. Full article
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Editorial
Hospitals: A Journal Title with Many Meanings and One Vision
by Antonio Oliva, Al Ozonoff, Matteo Caputo and Simone Grassi
Hospitals 2024, 1(1), 1-2; https://doi.org/10.3390/hospitals1010001 - 09 Nov 2022
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“Hospitals” as a name for a journal might appear simply as an umbrella term for healthcare-relevant research [...] Full article
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