This graphic modified by me from the graphic in an article in the July 30, 2010 New York Times sets an area of discussion on this Patient Modesty thread which we should settle by some consensus. Those with such intense physical modesty concerns that would interfere with an efficient medical workup and treatment have been, after reading the responses to this thread, in my mind statistical outliers since I never have experienced such patients in my years of medical practice. OK..that’s one potential outlier. The other is the group of healthcare providers who have shown by their behavior and in many ways sexual and dominating actions creating emotional harm of their assigned patients. I suspect (and hope) this group of providers are also statistical outliers. I am not saying that such outliers whether patients or providers should be ignored but I think we must appreciate the majority of patients and providers who continue to attempt to improve health and service and not generalize the behaviors of the outliers to the entire population. This is the topic that I would like further discussion upon as characterized by this Volume’s graphic. ..Maurice.
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Graphic: see above linked source.