15 DOCTORS WHATS IT LIKE WHEN YOU GO IN FOR A DOCTORS APPOINTMENT DO YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR DISCUSS WHATS WRONG WITH YOU LIKE ITS A GROUP PROJECT DO YOU NOT GO AT ALL BECAUSE YOURE YOUR OWN DOCTOR


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I hope you get some doctors in here to give personal answers. Paul Kalanithi did address this a bit in his book When Breath Becomes Air. At first in his cancer treatment he was very involved in the decision making and the way he described the conversation with his oncologist was more like a collaboration. Later, she reminded him that he didn't have to participate in the decision making and that he could just let her be the doctor and focus on himself. He ended up taking her up on this offer. So even between the same patient and doctor, the relationship varied.

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Doctor here (neurologist)

I'm not good at going to the doctor. I don't go often but when I do I usually just STFU, especially if it's a field of medicine I have no idea about (like say…derm). That being said, the doctor usually knows I'm a physician as well, and so the language terms to be more technical. I also find that we practice less defensively with each other since we can be more open ("We could do ABC tests but honestly what you probably have is X so take this and if it doesn't get better then we can do ABC").

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