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If you would see how minor variations in English syntax can subtly shift a meaning, consider a title that Drs. Steiger and Hansen might have given their book. What if they had chosen to call it "Patients Who Give You Trouble," a title virtually the same in meaning as another variation, "Difficult Patients?" Indeed, their book is about difficult patients—the patient who clings to disability, the martyr, the patient to whom life is one big pain and many little ones, the clinic crock, the patient with the thick, thick chart. But the title they did choose—Patients Who Trouble You—conveys very
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Patients Who Trouble You.. Ann Intern Med. 1965;62:629–630. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-62-3-629
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(3):629-630.
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