Opinion | A classic antidote to the rising venom against doctors
The focus has to shift from preventing violence to restoring doctor-patient trust
When a wise man asked Confucius about the essential elements of governing a state, he replied, “It is to provide food, protect people with weapons, and gain trust from people." To the next question of which should be abandoned first if the state is forced to choose between forgoing food, weapons or trust, Confucius advised to abandon weapons first, then food. However, he advised never to abandon trust. Perhaps, but he never anticipated so much of mistrust between patients and doctors/hospitals that it would erupt into gruesome violence against the latter.
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