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Your Doctor’s Party Shouldn’t Matter

Medicine has long thought of itself as a pure profession: dispassionate, scientific, and unbiased by external influences, especially messy ones like politics. Medical trainees and practicing physicians are taught not to bring their personal political beliefs into the hospital and to avoid politically charged discussions with patients. The current (extremely contentious) presidential campaign has made that mandate more important than ever; lately, I’ve found myself at least trying to skirt political discussions with patients and colleagues on an almost daily basis.
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