The Physician-Administrator as Patient Distinctive Aspects of Medical Care

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 54 (2):232-242 (2011)
Abstract
Although much has been written about how physicians react to their own illness, the subject of how health-care workers react differently to sick physicians compared to ordinary patients is largely unstudied (Klitzman 2008; Mandell and Spiro 1987; Mullan 1985; Pinner and Miller 1952; Sachs 1989; Schneck 1998). As a senior physician-administrator admitted to my hospital for a major illness, I was treated as a physician-administrator and local celebrity, rather than an ordinary patient, by everybody from physicians to janitors. Positive features of this special treatment included a complimentary private room, a magnificent bouquet of flowers, and great respect by hospital personnel. However, this special treatment ..
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