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Donít Become an iPatient

A disturbing trend in medicine - doctors using more technology and less human(e) observation to diagnose and treat their patients - has been identified by Abraham Verghese, MD. As he puts it, this is the era of the ďiPatient.Ē The reasons for this shift are obvious:
As patients, we have to remind doctors that we partner our healing and are distinct, complicated human beings who often manifest with subtle symptoms. Personal observation is necessary to treat a patient. A nurse confided that she saved a patientís life because the doctor who was reading his chart failed to notice that the patient in front of him had stopped breathing. In another example a patient complained that she had back surgery (which didnít work) for chronic pain; during therapy she became aware the pain was an emotional hurt. However, the original doctor never asked her what was going on in her life: A painful divorce!

How not to become an ipatient:

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