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Doctors as Patients

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1454
  1. Tessa Richards, assistant editor (
  1. BMJ

    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.

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    Ed Petre Jones



    pp 216

    ISBN 1 85775 887 0

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    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 …

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