Doctors as PatientsBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7505.1454-a (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1454
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Doctors don't like being on the “wrong” side of the doctor-patient divide. Faced with this prospect their objectivity often crumbles. Some reach for recherché diagnoses at the first hint of illness; many more ignore or downplay their health problems.
Ed Petre Jones
ISBN 1 85775 887 0
When help is sought it is often late. Not least, perhaps, because of the bizarre notion that illness is a patient's prerogative and falling prey to it an admission of weakness.
Knowledge of how the health system works, coupled with a …