Bioethics Discussion Blog: Why Can't a Patient Be More Like a Doc?

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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Why Can't a Patient Be More Like a Doc?

Continuing with the consideration of the ideal physician and ideal patient…
Here is a satirical takeoff by Steven Miles, MD,Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics,Center for Bioethics,University of Minnesota on a familiar My Fair Lady lyric.

Thanks Steve.

A HYMN TO HIM


Why can't a patient be more like a doc?
Docs are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historic'ly fair;
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat.
Well, why can't a patient be like that?
Why does ev'ryone do what the others do?
Can't a patient learn to use her head?
Why do they do ev'rything other patients do?
Why don't they grow up- well, like their doctor instead?

Why can't a patient take after a doc?
Docs are so pleasant, so easy to please;
Whenever you are with them, you're always at ease.

One doc in a million may shout a bit.
Now and then there's one with slight defects;
One, perhaps, whose truthfulness you doubt a bit.
But by and large we are a marvelous lot!

Why can't a patient take after a doc?
Cause docs are so friendly, good natured and kind.
A better companion you never will find.

Why can't a patient be more like a doc?
Docs are so decent, such regular chaps.
Ready to help you through any mishaps.
Ready to buck you up whenever you are glum.
Why can't a patient be a chum?

Why is thinking something patients never do?
Why is logic never even tried?
Questioning me is all that they do.
Why don't they straighten up the mess that's inside?

Why can't a patient behave like a doc?
If I was a patient who'd been offered a cure,
Hailed as a miracle by one and by all;
Would I start weeping like a bathtub overflowing?
And carry on as if my home were in a tree?
Would I run off and never tell where I'm going?
Why can't a patient be like me?

2 Comments:

At Friday, January 27, 2006 8:54:00 PM, Anonymous Moof said...

Very nicely written, and entertaining! Is that your masterpiece, Dr. Bernstein? :-)

 
At Friday, January 27, 2006 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Maurice Bernstein, M.D. said...

Moof, it was physician-ethicist Steven Miles that wrote this satire and he gave me permission to publish it here. I also think it was great! ..Maurice.

 

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