Re: Doctors shouldn’t reveal so much
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 Yet here you are arguing for more of it and in so doing demonstrating a viewpoint of doctors which is quite outdated.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.
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