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Doctors shouldn’t reveal so much

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2495 (Published 11 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2495

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Dear Daniel,

I would argue that the need to maintain a facade is what drives so many doctors to desperation and makes them feel like impostors. Yet here you are arguing for more of it and in so doing demonstrating a viewpoint of doctors which is quite outdated. Patients are not so dim that they cannot understand that their doctors are human and that perhaps such a novel notion may even be an advantage because it means their doctors can empathise with them far better than some remote Victorian martinet, festooned with a top hat, a fob watch and a monocle.

We are human, patients are human; we do a tough job, patients often have tough lives. Let's just try to recognise our mutual humanity and use it to all our benefit instead of putting on a show all the time. Life's too short and our job is too important to waste time on silly theatricals and superficial pretence.

Yours,

David Berger

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 June 2018
David Berger
Emergency Doctor
Kalang, NSW, Australia