The 2 Kinds Of Physicians
When it comes to the great physicians out there I feel that there are 2 types. The paternal and the maternal type, The Rock and Mother Teresa. Both are effective clinicians and healers. Their main goal is to ease suffering and cure any curable diseases. They use science as a backbone of their practice but step through with their heart.
The paternal physicians will tell it to you straight. This doctor thinks of themselves more as a consultant and leaves it up to the patient to either follow their advice or f*ck off. They may not show much emotion but you can always tell they care. You as a patient may be a pain in the ass so you may not recognize that they care because you got your own dumb-ass agenda… but they do, it’s just that they don’t care to kiss your ass. They learn from their mistakes without much ego and they keep up on their scientific knowledge. This type of clinician, however, may not always put in enough effort to earn the patient’s trust upfront which makes for occasional disconnected visits. If they make mistakes they will usually make them with the patients that they didn’t connect with. This doc usually makes up for their lack of emotion by displaying non-greasy charm.
The maternal physician is caring, kind, and patient. They will connect with the patient before proceeding with the visit. They also have a strong scientific backbone but are much more likely to break these rules in order to make sure that the patient is satisfied. That ass of a patient usually drops their shitty attitude with this kind of physician. There are many meaningful visits in this doc’s practice and perhaps even a higher patient compliance. This clinician isn’t at all kissing the patient’s ass, they are instead trying to appeal to the gentle/warm side that every human being has. Short of tickling your anus this clinician will do anything to make sure you are comfortable, reassured and that you have great follow-up. They usually put a lot of energy into each visit and maybe even a little too much. Late at night before falling asleep they are thinking about what they may have missed or what else they could have done while the other doc is already sounds asleep. This clinician will make their mistakes usually because they got lost in the multitude of extra things the patient brings up during the visit.
Which Is The Better Doctor?
It depends on what you think the role of a physician should be. If it’s healing by curing disease and easing suffering they both can achieve the same. Though the maternal doc will more likely convince the patient to actually follow their instructions.
Who will have the better lifestyle? Definitely not Mother Teresa, she will be constantly worrying about her patients. The Rock, however, because he is big buff and charming will get through the workday and not look back. Though the latter is also more susceptible to burning out, mainly because they have less invested into their practice.
We are forming a society of dependent helpless citizens. As clinicians we don’t empower our patients enough. We have patients running to the doctor’s office for a cough, sore throat or a rash. In their defense they are bombarded with scary stories of their genitals falling off if they don’t do this-or-that. But as clinicians we also fear that if we don’t spoon-feed our patients they won’t do what’s right for them.
What is your practice style?
If you imagine yourself being a patient, which doc do you prefer?