No trained medical provider could possibly expect to nourish a patient this way.
Lee is a patient storyteller with a distanced, mostly omniscient point of view.
Irwin said that Ivins had been like an “overstretched rubber band”—the “scariest” patient he had ever treated.
The 911 operator instructed that the patient immediately be placed on the floor so CPR would be effective.
If it is alive, is it even relevant or, to borrow a phrase from Eliot, is it a patient “etherized upon a table”?
(aside, reading the letter) I'll learn 'er bloomin' symptoms—I must be 'is patient.
“So you lost your patient down there, I find,” said Sir William, rudely.
He was a patient, and in general a very attentive, listener.
As she did not call me, I was satisfied her patient was doing well.
He added that there was no danger in using chloroform, if the patient had a strong heart.
patient pa·tient (pā'shənt)
One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.