Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Feature Christmas 2019: Sweet Little Lies

“Calling Dr Trump”

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6655 (Published 09 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6655

Rapid Response:

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 December 2019
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA