Chapter

Dangerous Fearlessness

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0017
Dangerous Fearlessness

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This chapter, suggests that the stigmatizing label of “hypochondriac” (as well as the formal diagnosis of hypochondriasis) and doctors' intolerance for such patients may be rooted in the formation of the physician's identity during medical education and residency. I examine “medical student disease,” the hypochondria that affects many, especially in the pre-clinical years, and suggest that the neglect of this condition and students' subsequent “recovery” and rejection of the doubts and anxieties that accompany normal patienthood can lead to physicians' aversion to hypochondriacs and to the particular difficulties they face when they themselves become ill.

Keywords: medical education; socialization; medical student disease; doctor as patient

Chapter.  8763 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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