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The Two-Headed Physician

  • Li Way Lee
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Part of the Palgrave Advances in Behavioral Economics book series (PABE)

Abstract

When compassion and the Hippocratic Oath pull Dr. Smith in different directions, Dr. Smith finds a compromise. Dr. Smith acts as the arbiter in bargaining. Knowing this, a patient can take any of three steps to influence the physician’s decision: (1) reduce dependency on the physician by gaining access to palliative care; (2) find a physician who has a lot of compassion for patients; and (3) go with an experienced general practitioner, rather than a specialist.

Keywords

Compassion Hippocratic Oath Two-headed physician 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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