Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Arrogant, Abusive and Disruptive -- and a Doctor

This is the title of a New York Times article published today. "Experts say the leading offenders are specialists in high-pressure fields like neurosurgery, orthopedics and cardiology." Does this sound familiar to you? It certainly brings back lots of memories, problems and many solutions. After being discharged as a patient I wanted to help my doctor to avoid similar incidents with his future patients. I offered unconditional help by revisiting my perspective in hope of finding reflection and a plan. He politely declined. I insisted on the condition that he should initiate contact with me if he wanted help. Two years later I have not heard from him. Am I a fool? Maybe. The door is still open.

Books on Doctors as Patients and a few on the Doctor-Patient Relationship