Your article held me spellbound; I was able to feel the nuances of your intense, intelligent patient who was lucid enough to request nothing more than human empathy and patience. I see this as what every human being deserves, but perhaps the affirmed even more. I work with at-risk children, and those with criminal and substance abuse issues as well. I see beyond the marginalized behavior to their call to be treated right. Regardless of what happens in a day, I attempt to treat them with the respect they deserve.