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The ultimate course: the doctor as patient

Macnaughton, RJ



Doctors may be thrust into the difficult situation of treating friends and colleagues. A doctor's response to this situation is strongly influenced by his or her emotions and by medical tradition. Such patients may be treated as 'special cases' but the 'special' treatment can backfire and lead to an adverse outcome. Why does this happen and can doctors avoid it happening? These issues are discussed in this commentary on Dr. Crisci's paper, 'The ultimate curse.'


Macnaughton, R. (1995). The ultimate course: the doctor as patient. Journal of Medical Ethics, 21(5), 278-280.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 1995-10
Journal Journal of Medical Ethics
Print ISSN 0306-6800
Electronic ISSN 1473-4257
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 5
Pages 278-280
Keywords medical humanities; health; doctors