Dealing with Doctors: How to Be Heard Without Shouting

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(Ed. Note: From “American Health, November, 1997” comes this valuable article)

Under the best of circumstances, medical professionals sometimes don’t take patients – particularly women – seriously. The situation is worse for a woman with a chronic illness, whose disease results from frequent office visits and repeated requests for symptom relief. Even when a woman’s complaints are genuine, some doctors tend to dismiss them. A few words of wisdom:

The conclusion: Be a skeptic but not a cynic. In return, expect that your concerns will be heard and addressed.

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