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The Other Side of the Bed Rail -- Horn 130 (11): 940 -- Annals of Internal Medicine

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:16am

The Other Side of the Bed Rail -- Horn 130 (11): 940 -- Annals of Internal Medicine: "It is a lesson in healing. Although my physicians may not be able to cure my illness, their encouragement, time, patience, and trust build bridges that enable me to cope one day at a time. Encounters such as mine with Dr. L., the antithesis of caring, could become more common as medical care becomes more fragmented and long-term relationships with patients become relics. Physicians are the vital human link that can give patients the strength they require. As the pace of change in medicine quickens, physicians who teach will bear a special responsibility to provide strong examples of empathy and professionalism to students and residents. After all, one day we may all find ourselves on the other side of the bed rail, and those young physicians will become what we model for them today."

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