Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 147–149 | Cite as

The Five Senses of Haiti

  • Brett Van Leer-Greenberg


The Five Senses of Haiti discusses a series of medical mission trips by physicians and medical students to the Central Plateau of Haiti delivering care in the outpatient setting. Practitioners describe their experiences through the use of their five senses to draw contrast between modern health care and medical practice in the developing world. Physicians in a resource poor setting are left without the usual diagnostic armamentarium and the safeguards and distractions of the modern hospital setting. This deficit creates an opportunity to devote time and focus to individual patients. Practicing medicine in this context clinicians use a heightened sense of awareness and increase their reliance on physical exam findings. Global medicine creates an opportunity for medical students to learn and physicians out of training to practice overlooked physical exam skills in the modern era. Physical exam findings and patient care yield diagnoses and fosters the bonds of the doctor-patient relationship.


Haiti World health Education Medical Physical examination Physician-patient relations Diagnostic techniques and procedures Delivery of health care 



Melissa Stone B.A., Editor.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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