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J R Soc Med. 1997 Sep;90(9):491-5.

Illness doesn't belong to us.

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Department of Public Health Medicine, United Medical School, St Thomas' Hospital, London, England.

Abstract

There has been little research in Britain into the experiences of doctors who are ill. We conducted in-depth interviews with 64 doctors of all grades with a recent illness lasting one month or more. Whether the illness was physical or psychiatric, many expressed the idea that illness is inappropriate for doctors. This idea is a cultural value among doctors which is reinforced by the organization of medical work. It discourages doctors from seeking and obtaining appropriate help when they are ill.

PMID:
9370984
PMCID:
PMC1296526
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