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My bete noire? When doctors respond to me telling them I've been sick for a
month or two by saying, yeah, that's a predictable response to the
medication I've given you. And then they don't apologize, just prescribe
something else.

My favorite time this happened involved me getting mono, and doctors saying
that it was probably a function of the meds they proscribed.

And I get it, with medicine it can be a choice between bad and worse
options. But still, usually when you've done something that ruins someone's
*month,* it's good manners to apologize, or at least to acknowledge the
oversize impact that you have on this person's life. I'm pretty sure there
are probably studies that find that doctors apologizing leads to lawsuits.
But there's still got to be some way doctors can be a bit more
interpersonally sensitive around these things without apologizing.
Explaining, for example, that it isn't ideal, but they are making the best
choices they can. (Doctors? Interpersonal sensitivity? I know, I know,
ridiculous to expect.)
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