The nurse-doctor relationship



The doctor, nurse and patient constitute the fundamental triad of the health care system, and much has been written about the traditional structure and roles of the participants. Characteristically the doctor has been portrayed as ‘all-knowing’ and powerful; the nurse as caring, unselfish, obedient and submissive; and the patient as helpless and utterly trusting.


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© Ruth Chadwick & Win Tadd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Ethics Philosophy SectionUniversity of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.Gwent Health AuthorityUK

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