Physicians are humans too!

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To err is human. People make mistakes. Clinicians are no exception. But as soon as a patient or a person enters a doctor’s room, he or she forgets that the doctor too is a human being and expects too much from him or her.

In Nepal, while we hear every now and then about the rudeness and misbehavior of healthcare provider, we tend to ignore the flipside of the story about how a patient or his/her relatives overreact to situations that could be entirely normal. Almost on a daily basis, doctors treat patients who are overly demanding and suspicious of their treatment approaches. But they do not get praise for this. Instead, oftentimes, they are dragged into scandal from patient for as trivia a situation as speaking in a "high" tone.

Also, a patient feels that a particular doctor is the best until he happens to leave suddenly one day. Like individuals in every other profession, a doctor has his own issues and personal life. He has his own daily problems to take care of. Sudden relocation is quite a normal phenomenon in human life. A doctor’s going away should also be taken perfectly normal. I am also a doctor, and I know that doctors cannot predict when and where they are to relocate, and sometimes they have to move so quick that it is too late to inform all their clients.

So it is wise to think twice before demonizing doctors. They also have sentiments and emotions and the everyday life problems that every individual on earth experiences. They, too, are humans.

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