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Elective surgery is one thing, elective politics another

Washington Post, October 30, 2008

Manoj Jain, MD, writing in the Washington Post, says doctors should avoid talking politics with patients. “For one, I'm in an authoritative position: When I talk about antibiotics, my patients listen and usually do as I advise. As a result, they might give inappropriate weight to my political pronouncements. For another, I fear that no matter how carefully I tread in these conversations, a disagreement could leave a dead zone in our relationship.”