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Doctors shouldn’t reveal so much

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 11 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2495

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Sadly, the rush for Sokol to produce a column a week does sometimes lead him to produce ill prepared drivel. To attack medics who share their feelings on the grounds that, somehow, this devalues the 'profession' and lowers the 'esteem' patients may have in their doctors, reflects someone who does not realise what really happens in the world. The closed off , non emotional medic was the cause of many patients being disillusioned with medicine and has been part of the problems with many of the medical scandals we have become accustomed to with failures being covered up in case patients feel less in awe. Sokol's conception of 'profession' has also led to rising toll of mental health issues drug problem and even suicides amongst those unable to express how they feel or else, knowing if they did, Sokol and his ilk would request them to pull themselves together. Stick to the ethics, David.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 June 2018
John O'Malley
Retired Medical Director