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To the Editor.—Dr Koven1 makes some poignant as well as humorous points. But her main conclusion—that patients no longer bestow gifts on physicians because of their "familiarity" as supposed "social peers"—is delusive. How many patients anymore have a long-term, in-depth relationship with any one physician? The reality for thousands of us is utter lack of familiarity. Moreover, our classist society still has a long way to go before most physicians consider patients their
Knatterud ME. The Ungifted Physician. JAMA. 1998;280(12):1051–1052. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-12-jbk0923
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