oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Health and clinical attitudes

Volume 25, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



It is only in horror films and in situations akin to those in Nazi Germany that doctors have no concern for the wellbeing of patients. Whether a doctor's own ego is boosted by the respect of colleagues or the one-upmanship of academic life, by the discovery of a new fact, by the acquisition of wealth, or by the love and (dare it be mentioned) the dependence of his patients with its accompanying adulation, a deep or simulated concern for the well being of his patients is necessary for the continuance of his occupation. Unless this concern is sensed by patients, he has no material on which to work.

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