Doctor describes “good patient”

26 February 2009 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Yes, I’ve been reading Sheila Kitzinger again.  I’m way too old to have babies, but I still live out the birthing thing through my family and my books.  A quote from her “Rediscovering Birth”:  “When interns in a Boston hospital were asked to define a ‘good patient’, one reply was, ‘She does what I say, hears what I say, believes what I say…”  A good patient is compliant.  Not only does she conform, but she thanks the professionals because they ‘save’ her baby.  She is grateful regardless of what they do to her.  Women who fail to conform in this way are seen as ‘difficult patients’.”  Grrrrrrrrrrrrr…need I say more?

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