Physical and psychological problems frequently occur at the same time, and a closer working relationship between physicians and therapists is needed to improve clinical care. Many physicians assume that the patients’ emotional turmoil, though painful, is simply part of the process. This attitude was illustrated by one surgeon who, when commenting on his work with facially disfigured patients, sighed: “God help them. They somehow manage.” It apparently did not occur to him that someone other than God could help ease their psychological pain.
KeywordsPersonality Disorder Private Patient Social Service Agency Psychological Pain Emotional Turmoil
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