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Patients: the final frontier

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2075 (Published 02 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2075

Re: Patients: the final frontier

Physicians who reflexively blame themselves or their patients for poor clinical outcomes are overlooking other possibilities. While it is true that some physicians make mistakes and that some patients don’t cooperate, it is equally true that medical science is imperfect and that some treatment plans simply don’t work. This is why physicians often don’t enjoy better health than their patients. So disappointed or disaffected physicians and patients should learn to question the underlying philosophy and science of the medical profession.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 April 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA