Pain in the Neck or Cultural Whiplash? How to Get X-Rays in Italy

Fake skeleton looks at x-ray against window

“Niente di grave,” the doctor begins, pausing to look at me intently. Nothing serious. He either senses my anxiety or he doesn’t trust my language skills. Probably both.

Health Care in Italy: A Tale of Three Doctors

Medical supplies on table and doctor's hand with clipboard

“Take off your underwear,” the doctor instructed. Right now? In this moment? Here? Can I get a gown or glass of wine first?