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Monday, August 04, 2003


What being a doctor means

posted by G at Monday, August 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
My favorite part of an article from the Washington Post Style section:
Ask Dean about his temperament, his crankiness, his bedside manner, and he quickly draws a parallel between his work as physician and presidential candidate. "Sympathy and support is what patients need," he says. "You have to tell them the truth. If they have cancer, you can't say 'This is not a big deal.' You say 'You have the possibility for a reasonable length of life, and here's what we're going to do' -- bang, bang, bang. Most people don't appreciate uncertainty. And that is my job as a presidential candidate, to inspire confidence and empower people to believe in themselves."


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