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September 23/30, 1998

The Ungifted Physician

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(12):1051-1052. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-12-jbk0923

To the Editor.—Whether it is an attitudinal change on the part of the physician in the new role as "provider/employee" or the sophistication of patients with their limitless access to information, a new kind of relationship has been wrought, which at times seems more confrontational than informational. I have found, however, that such a "leveling of the ground" does not necessarily preclude patient appreciation in those other dimensions and that, in First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's "village setting," mom-and-pop medicine still flourishes even in the brave new medical world.