Thursday, April 23, 2009

A doctor's confession

When the Patient Gets Lost in Translation:

The shortcuts of the trade...not using an interpreter because everyone is on a time crunch. It's completely understandable. There's pressure to see numerous patients, fill out paper work, ask for signs and symptoms and medical history, do everything thoroughly yet see as many people as possible. So much to do in so little time. I respect this doctor for admitting it, but then she finally realizes, "the truth is that the patient deserves to speak to the doctor as well."

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