Doctors and the Social Trend

S. Sarkisov
1945 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
CORRESPONDENCE BRITISH his illness which were important to him as a wage-earner and as one of a family. As a result of this, patients were apt to acquire quite a wrong idea of their illness from the mutterings and noddings of a group of doctors at the bedside. Surely it is a complete waste of experience, talent, and modern science if, through neglect of a simple basic principle, we are left with a correctly diagnosed and correctly treated but completely bewildered and apprehensive patient.
more » ... y we can train ourselves to speak to patierlts in a language they understand and to make sure that they do understand what we are trying to tell them. I know, Sir, that this topic is hackneyed, but I cannot believe it to have been over-emphasized yet. I hope you will find room in your columns for this letter.-I am, etc., J. C. HOGARTH, Major, R.A.M.C. SIR,-I would ask the controversialists engaged in discussing the many current problems of undeniable importance to the medical profession to pause for a moment and give thought to a matter involving our humane outlook and our sense of fairness. There are in our midst a number of so-called enemy alien doctors, who, having suffered every conceivable indignity,
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