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Doctors’ health matters

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 13 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2527

Rx for MDs

The role of a doctor is impossible. First, the doctor must recognize that he or
she is sick and scared, just like the patient. Second, the doctor must weave a
tapestry of hope and hopelessness, by functioning as clinician and magician,
scientist and alchemist, parent and priest, athletic director and funeral director.
All of this haunts doctors and alienates them from their families and
communities. Doctors should not be expected to function as apologists or
salesmen for a healthcare system that obviously does not have all the answers.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

17 November 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA