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Intangible dimensions of medical practice

Anil Pilgaokar


Abstract

The work of medical professionals is perhaps even more intricate than that of many other professions. It is also more trying because the pain and suffering of ill people is visible and discomforting not only to the patient but to the people around. The physician or surgeon has a three-fold responsibility: to be well versed in the scientific aspects of medicine, to possess adequate clinical skills and, finally, to have an attitude that is ethical and humane. A deficiency in any of these three attributes should be considered a professional deficiency. 

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