oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Merits and foibles of a mission hospital

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Tribal African patients are in many respects the fulfilment of a doctor's dream. They are fatalists who trust us to do our best, seldom asking irrelevant questions or embarking on prolonged discourses which have no connection with their complaints. These patients come to hospital with a definite object in view: to be cured or helped. If they do not wish to have an operation they say so; if they agree to one they accept the possibility that it may not cure them. They do not believe everything that we tell them, which is one of their greatest virtues, for it is not good to be regarded as infallible.

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