Probably just as we find there are persons in all disciplines of life to be arrogant. It’s human nature – it just is.
Physicians do have very specialized skills and understanding and knowledge about a subject – medicine, that is of interest to all of us. And most of us at one time or another, must seek or ask the advice of a physician. Thus some physicians can begin to believe they are “special”, “better” than other people. And some physicians just believe they are “superior” to other individuals and definitely “lord” it over the rest of us. They tell us in no uncertain terms what we should and should not do and the exact way to do it. And at times, some patients need this approach.
Also there are many disciplines or professions (mimicking) or working with and aiding physicians and often a person in one of these professions – whom also tends to be arrogant – can think or pass themselves off as a doctor and so the “real doctor” must, at times, step up and take command.
Are doctors really superior to other individuals? Well Yes, in knowledge of medicine and that’s it. They have a few facts and procedures they have learned from another and they have spent many hours and much money to acquire their knowledge and often this special knowledge can help save a life or help a person recover from an illness.
However many persons have special knowledge and expertise in their area of interest and usually it has required much time (and money) to acquire. And although their knowledge may not save another’s life or cure a disease, it is important in its own way. It may be building a building, flying an airplane, balancing a group of numbers in accounting, playing a musical instrument, cooking a fine meal – most of these skills many physicians cannot do really well.
This arrogant – condescending attitude, which some physicians have, – what effect does it have on patient care? Some patients or family may be afraid to ask important questions or relay concerns that only they can understand or know about and that could be vital to treatment. Being intimidated, a patient may not understand what the doctor is saying but will not say so – and leave the doctor’s office without the understanding. Thus the doctor may not get the information he needs from the patient to fully understand the patient and the patient’s environment and the patient may not get the information he needs from the doctor to implement the course of treatment required for a successful recovery. So for maximum success in patient care, it may be best to put arrogant personalities on the shelf.
A physician might best, become an amateur psychologist and evaluate what each patient needs – what tone of voice, mannerism, choice of words, choice of emphasis, amount of detail. The physician’s duty is to diagnose and treat correctly, and also to relate to the patient correctly so the patient knows and understands what the patient must know and understand.