I have always believed that the relationship between the patient and their clinician is a vital part of care. But I wonder if I have misunderstood what is going on.
When (or if) medicine, the biological applied sciences, and artificial intelligence reach the point where diagnosis and treatment are as accurate, effective, and reliable as online banking or air travel, we may well find that stories of deep and trusting relationships with flawed and error-prone clinicians are a subject of humor and relegated to history books. Future generations may laugh at our reverence for a collaborative relationship with a skilled and empathic clinician, even as we laugh at the faith primitive societies placed in their shamans to predict and influence the weather, crops and their fortunes in battle.
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