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How should doctors be employed?

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5394 (Published 06 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5394

Physician, heal thyself and thy profession

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 healthcare is imperfect, and that some modalities simply don’t work. This is why physicians don’t enjoy better health than their patients. So disappointed or disaffected physicians and patients should learn to question the underlying assumptions and science of healthcare. 


Competing interests: No competing interests

11 October 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA