Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Patient

The word 'patient' is derived from the Latin patiens, meaning sufferance or forbearance. The overall purpose of medical practice is to relieve suffering. It is important to make a diagnosis, to know how to approach treatment, and to design an appropriate scheme of management for each patient. It is therefore essential to understand each person as fully as possible, whatever their social class or ethnic and cultural background.

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