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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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