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The traditionally warm, humanly satisfying doctor-patient relationship is endangered. Anonymity and technology are in ascendancy. Medical care is becoming an industry, commercial and impersonal. Institutions and treatment teams are replacing individual practitioners. Tests and procedures are valued over thinking and personal care, and doctors are being torn from their patients by increasing conflicting responsibilities to the state. Their humanity wounded, doctors and patients are angry and hurt.
Martin R. Lipp says that this dehumanization of medicine is causing a crisis in morale among physicians—and patients. He supports his view by recounting the fall of himself and a number of largely
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The Bitter Pill. Doctors, Patients, and Failed Expectations.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:421. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-3-421_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(3):421.
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