President’s Opening Remarks — Reflections on the Bond of Trust Between the Physician and his Patient
“Reflections on the bond of trust between the physician and his patient” is the subject of this opening address at the 36th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Neurosurgery. In discussing this theme, I would first like to try to define the term “trust” or “confidence”. Etymologically, the word “confidence” is related to the Latin term “fides”, which means “faith”. In the English word “confidence”, this faith is emphasized by the suffix “con–”. We may therefore state that confidence or trust represents the firm expectation that you can have confidence in somebody, that you can trust somebody. In this sense, trust forms one of the foundations of social relations in many fields of human life, e.g., marriage, family relationships, friendships, but in a special sense also in the relationship between the physician and his patient.
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