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Dying patients need a good relationship with their doctor

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:785
  1. B Kreymann, nephrologist (
  1. Second Medical Department, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany

    EDITOR—The common complaints of patients' relatives about the undignified circumstances of death and lack of medical care of dying patients reveal an explosive situation and the need for doctor- patient partnership.1 The development and specialisation of medical knowledge and the methods of diagnosis have lead to partial delegation of diagnosis and treatment to machines. This has resulted in an appalling loss of the human element in medicine and a consequent increase in the suffering of patients. The yearning of patients for …

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