At the minimum, the most universally accepted goal in healthcare is to "do no harm." (3,4) That being the case, we cannot perpetuate the factory-like institutional environment that inadvertently shames and depersonalizes
residents as a routine part of daily life.
(And first of all, with each other: Collaborative work both corporealizes and depersonalizes
the critical gaze.) Relational being bypasses the defensive individuations of personality.
Stapleton begins with an analysis of the Amores that sets up the discussion to follow, focusing on the role of the persona within the sequence of poems and the character of the speaker, the desultor amoris "who lies, gossips, bothers the help, sleeps with one's maid, threatens to reveal the affair to one's husband, begs and whines for sex, is physically abusive, boasts, depersonalizes
, impregnates, and always, always, always blames" (25-26).