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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 10:44 AM
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3. There's a generation of doctors from which my father emerged.
Edited on Tue Aug-16-05 11:20 AM by no_hypocrisy
He was a healer of the first rank. He spent time talking to all his patients.

The patients were allotted 15 minutes of time for their visit but my father would ask them about their diet, their family, their job, their recreation, their pets, etc. to get the best perspective of their health, not just their immediate problem. With this information he would render a diagnosis that was short and long-term with the appropriate treatment.

My father gave out drug samples to help with prescription expenses. He often didn't collect on past due bills. A majority of his practice centered around geriatric patients (read, Medicare payments) and instead of being revulsed by their age, he treated them as if each were a surrogate parent, with extreme care and gentleness.

My father's legacy won't be his McMansion or his garage of vintage luxury cars. It will be those patients who lived until their late 90s when they were told by other doctors they wouldn't make it past 65.

P.S. He also made housecalls or went to the hospital at the drop of a hat -- at 4:30 in the morning more often than not.

I have not seen any doctor close to my father and don't expect I ever will. Medicine is now a business.
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  -In the Hospital, a Degrading Shift From Person to Patient Kire  Aug-16-05 09:57 AM   #0 
  - I happened across this article, too, this morning --  quiet.american   Aug-16-05 10:14 AM   #1 
  - I was treated in similar manner ...  lilymidnite   Aug-16-05 10:22 AM   #2 
  - There's a generation of doctors from which my father emerged.  no_hypocrisy   Aug-16-05 10:44 AM   #3 
  - What a good man. God bless him. n/t  quiet.american   Aug-16-05 11:08 AM   #5 
  - Yes...that's what it's like these days. Particularly bad in the  KoKo01   Aug-16-05 10:46 AM   #4 
  - This is a repeat story.  HuckleB   Aug-17-05 07:17 AM   #6 
  - This is very typical in maternity care. Women are treated as passive  WildClarySage   Sep-19-05 09:05 PM   #7 
  - Right now I'm reading  MountainLaurel   Sep-20-05 10:14 AM   #8 
     - That is interesting!  WildClarySage   Sep-21-05 06:14 AM   #9 
        - The whole thing is fascinating  Southpaw Bookworm   Sep-21-05 10:44 AM   #10 
           - That decline can also be in part from the explosion of c-sections  WildClarySage   Sep-21-05 11:52 AM   #11 
              - Awesome  Southpaw Bookworm   Sep-21-05 01:22 PM   #12 
                 - Exactly right! And unfortunately, the rise in these interventions has  WildClarySage   Sep-21-05 01:35 PM   #13 
                    - A little secret  Southpaw Bookworm   Sep-21-05 01:40 PM   #14 
                       - Takes away from their sense of omniscience and they can charge  WildClarySage   Sep-21-05 01:55 PM   #15 
                          - Another point mentioned in these books  Southpaw Bookworm   Sep-21-05 02:13 PM   #16 
                             - I'm running into the problem here that hospitals don't want you to try  WildClarySage   Sep-21-05 02:23 PM   #17 
                                - Not sure if you're familiar with this resource  Southpaw Bookworm   Sep-21-05 02:35 PM   #18 
                                   - Thanks!  WildClarySage   Sep-21-05 03:07 PM   #19 
  - You don't suppose this sort of thing could be bad for your health, do you?  bemildred   Sep-23-05 10:33 PM   #20 
  - Not a typical occurrence  FM Arouet666   Sep-25-05 11:57 PM   #21 

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