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September 20, 2012

BehindTheMedspeak: "What do I want in a doctor?" — by John Steinbeck


From Letters of Note: "In 1964, following the retirement of his regular physician, 62-year-old novelist John Steinbeck was asked by his new doctor to complete a routine medical questionnaire for his records. Steinbeck did exactly that, and on reaching the last of its many pages, the 'Grapes of Wrath' author discovered, and left blank, a small space reserved for 'any other data you think may be of importance.' Instead, he wrote a letter [top]. Steinbeck passed away four years later."

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As so often happens in my profession, you give a literate person a form to fill out and then they produce something like this. Sometimes form-filling works out well and other times the results are problematic.

I wonder if Dr. Denny benefitted more from the doctor-patient relationship than the patient?

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 20, 2012 5:05:09 PM

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