Living: Sick and Tired

Uneasy patients may be surprised to find their doctors are worried too

"I do not know a single thoughtful and well-informed person," George Bernard Shaw once said, "who does not feel that the tragedy of illness at present is that it delivers you helplessly into the hands of a profession which you deeply mistrust."

That sentiment is mild compared with some of today's reviews. Doctor bashing has become a blood sport. To judge by the popular press, which generally lacks Shaw's subtlety, too many physicians who are not magicians are charlatans. The ^ air of the operating room, where once the doctor was sovereign, is now so dense with the second guesses of...

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