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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Doctors who call patients hypochondriacs are committing malpractice

By Zackary Berger
Originally posted on November 25, 2013

There’s one question I get asked a lot: “I research my health problems on the Internet. Am I a hypochondriac?”

First, we should ban that word when talking about ourselves. No one wants to be called that, and doctors who use that word are committing malpractice. Everyone has some range of complaints and worries in life, often physical and mental together, and this is our job as doctors: to hear them out. I firmly believe that no complaint is illegitimate.

The entire blog post is here.

Thanks to Ed Zuckerman for this information.
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