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We must rethink a system that disproportionately rewards medical testing and procedures rather than thorough and complete histories and physical exams.

On Being a Difficult Patient

Rarely do difficult patients get to weigh in on why they are “difficult”—and rarely do doctors get to explain to difficult patients why it’s difficult to care for them. In the first of these essays, patient Michelle Mayer, a research professor in North Carolina with a chronic autoimmune system disease, tells why she eventually became a difficult patient, and how it helped her get the doctoring she needs.

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