Being a patient means having to yield to the whims of a medical condition and to bend to the regulations and rigidities of the health care system. The word “patient” comes from the same Latin derivative as “patience.” Clearly, it takes great patience to be a patient, and the sicker a person is, the more that patience is put to the test.
Medicine has grown significantly in its ability to diagnose and treat biological disease. Doctors can be proud of their ability to eradicate once fatal infections, prevent heart attacks and transplant failing organs.
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