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The Patient-Doctor Relationship: Making the Most of Every Medical Visit

Prepare for your medical visit by: (1) making a list of your concerns, (2) sharing it with the staff when you call for an appointment, (3) briefly reviewing that listat the beginningof your visit with your doctor and (4) bring a pen and … Continue reading

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The long term relationship that’s vital to your heart . . . and every other organ in your body

During the month of Valentine’s Day, many of us think about our most significant relationships. Young couples think about grand and romantic ways they’ll express their passion; married couples think about the money they’ll save by dining at home. But … Continue reading

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The evolving patient-doctor relationship

When I was in medical school, physicians used a now archaic term to describe patients who didn’t follow doctors’ orders: noncompliant. I laugh when I think about what the old time doctors meant. The patients didn’t bend to their will? … Continue reading

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Walking boosts creativity

I recently wrote of the many benefits of regular physical activity. These include improvements in cardiovascular fitness, sleep quality, mood and anxiety levels and reductions in the risks for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis. So you won’t be surprised … Continue reading

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The Evolving Patient-Doctor Relationship

Medicine is a calling. For dedicated physicians, our responsibility to our patients, profession and society extend beyond regular working hours and occupy our minds outside of both hospital and clinic. Traditionally, the sacred moment is the time we spend with … Continue reading

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Humanizing the Medical Interview

The traditional way medical students were once taught to take a medical history often turned into a barrage of close-ended questions that could actually limit doctors’ understanding of patients’ experience of illness. I’m happy to report that medical school has … Continue reading

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The Medical Inquisition: The Downsides of Traditional History-Taking

Medical students are taught to take a careful history because in most cases, therein lies the patient’s diagnosis. When I was in medical school, we were taught how to “take a history.” This included: the history of the present illness … Continue reading

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