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The Doctor-Patient Relationship

Author: Paul Granberg, Issue: October 2004, Topic: Medical

In Japanese hospitals, there has never been a culture of frank discussion about a patient's condition, treatments , medications and side effects. Japanese doctors have been used to almost God like worship, and patients following their directions without question, or knowledge of what medication they are taking. Patients with terminal conditions, such as cancer, are often not told the details of their illness, because it is thought that it is more humane for them not to know.

Fortunately this is slowly changing.


Westerners have been brought up with an expectation that a doctor will take the time to explain exactly these things. Don't be afraid to ask questions about your treatment, but be prepared for the doctor to be a little surprised when you question him. (almost invariably it will be a man)

After all, it is your right to know what you will be putting in your body.

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