The messages were loud and clear. Your doctor doesn't listen to you or care enough, makes too much money, makes you wait too long, and you might do better going to your dog's vet.
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Good, well-meaning doctors see noncompliance every day in their offices and they are baffled by it. As one doctor recently put it: How can we help people who won't help themselves?
There is no numeric substitute for direct and clear communication between a doctor and patient. That said, making sense of medical statistics can go a long way in helping a patient.
As doctors, we are not trained to understand the power of our words as they relate to a patient's ability and desire to survive. Words can become swords and, like a scalpel, kill or cure.
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