Blog: When Patients Think They Have Something To Hide

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 6:36am

“Do you drink much alcohol, wine, or beer?” He was a patient with a newly diagnosed mouth cancer. I was working through my checklist while we became acquainted.    

“I have a beer most nights before dinner. Maybe I’ll have a couple more on weekends.”    

The questions continued. The patient’s teenage granddaughter was clearly taken by my young, handsome resident. “How long does it take to be a doctor?” she asked him. He went through the litany of four years each of college and medical school, followed by five years of otolaryngology residency. She counted the years up in her head. “You’ll be 30-years-old when you finish! Why does it take so long?” she exclaimed … read more    


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