Thursday, June 21, 2012

Same categories 34 years later

I came across an interesting article from the New England Journal of Medicine from April 20, 1978 by James E. Groves MD.

The title was "Taking Care of the Hateful Patient."

The author identified 4 types of patients who might fall into this category:

1. Dependent Clingers
2. Entitled Demanders
3. Manipulative Help-Rejecters
4. Self Destructive Deniers

He went on to emphasize that, at times, a single patient may epitomize more than one of these types.

I was in my first year of college when this was published.

Although I suspect such an article would not be considered politically correct and/or published today, it's good to see the more things change, the more things stay the same...certain patients that is.

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