Last month, I introduced e-Patient Dave’s keynote at the AMIA Fall Symposium. In that introduction, which I summarized in a blog post about my recent health scare, I drew an analogy between John F. Kennedy’s famous statement delivered at the Berlin Wall in 1963 expressing solidarity with the people of Berlin who were cut off from Western Europe “Ich bin ein Berliner” and Dave’s proud proclamation expressing solidarity with patients, “I am a patient.”
Today, I was walking at Copley Square in Boston and saw this banner, which is also a quote from JFK:
I propose we mash this up with my friend and mentor Warner Slack’s statement, that both Dave and I frequently quote:
And we get:
“Patients are health care’s most valuable resource and the best hope for the future of our health care system.”
What do you think?
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My, aren’t you getting thoughty! (That’s my mom’s word.)
I like this, and I like the approach of building on past ideas. This one isn’t a cute rhetorical trick; it’s a valid echoing and blending.
Makes me wonder if Warner was unconsciously influenced by Kennedy’s statement. I’ll ask him when I see him next.