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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 David,

Thanks for your articulate response.

Have doctors not maintained this façade for a very long time, without being led to desperation? Is it really a cause of their current distress?

To bridge the doctor-patient divide, should doctors ditch their shirt and tie in favour of casual clothes, like the majority of their patients? Should patients call you “David”, like friends and family, rather than the more distant and reverential “Dr Berger”?

Should doctors openly express their revulsion at doing a PR examination, or their irritation at a patient who fails to take their medication?

Is maintaining some sort of façade not part of professionalism?

Just some thoughts.

Daniel

Competing interests: I am the author of the article

12 June 2018
Daniel Sokol
Ethicist and barrister
12 King's Bench Walk
London