I was reading a comment to a posting on a doctor blog that I follow. The commenter replied to the doc "t's funny how you can feel nothing for 999 patients, but there's always one that gets to ya."
I had to read it a few times in order to digest what he was saying. First of all, I think the commenter was throwing out a huge number for purposes of discussion, but still "feel nothing for 999 patients, but there's always one.." Really? You feel something for only one out a thousand patients?
Maybe that comment was a literary exaggeration and he really meant to say "feel nothing for 99 patients, but there's always one.." Still, no feeling toward 99% of your patients?
OK, maybe the original comment was a giant literary exaggeration and he meant to say "feel nothing for 9 patients, but there's always one.." Still.
Granted, I am not a doctor. But I have to say, I feel something for every patient I come in contact with. It might be feelings of disgust, anger, repulsion, sympathy, empathy, concern, interest etc, but they are feelings.
Has the doctoring business evolved to the point where it is common for an M.D. to have feelings for only 10% of their patients? Not even feelings of disgust?
I know there are a few M.D.s that read this blog, I don't know if any are ER docs, but I would be curious if this comment - even if only partially true - is a wide spread sentiment.
It takes a project like this:
Thanks for reading,
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