Sympathy, disability, and the nurse: female power in Edith Wharton's The Fruit of the Tree.


The nursing profession's emphasis on empathy as essential to nursing care may undermine nurses' power as a collective and detract from perceptions of nurses' analytical skills and expertise. The practice of empathy may also obscure and even compound patients' suffering when it does not fully account for their subjectivity. This essay examines the relation… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10912-010-9115-3