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Lost in translation: Getting your doctor to be fluent in “patient”

By: Paul G. Mathew, MD, FAAN, FAHS, Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications With the advances of knowledge and technology, the practice of medicine has become more complex. In addition to increasing complexity, there has also been a growing shift in patient care from paternalistic medicine to shared decision making. Paternalistic medicine is when the physician would make a diagnosis based on a patientís history and test results, and then tell the patient what the…

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