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Thank you for treating me like a person

I went down with the resident to the emergency department to hear the patient’s story (aka “Take a history”) and perform a physical exam as part of the patient’s admission to the hospital. As we were getting ready to leave, the patient said, “Thank you for treating me like a person.”

What does it say about our medical system when “treating someone like a person” is considered an object of special gratitude, peculiar enough to be singled out and mentioned?

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