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All Rise by Robert Fuller

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6RANKISM CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH

DOCTORS ARE SEEN AS SOMEBODIES. WHAT SEPARATES THEM FROM HEALERS IS THAT HEALERS BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN SOMEBODY AND NOBODY BY FORMING A PARTNERSHIP WITH PATIENTS BASED ON EQUAL DIGNITY. I BELIEVE THAT AFFIRMATION OF EVERYONE’S PERSONHOOD IS A HEALING INTERACTION FOR PATIENT AND HEALER ALIKE.

—DR. JEFFREY RITTERMAN, KAISER PERMANENTE

The Evolving Doctor-Patient Relationship

RANKISM PERMEATES all the professions, and health care is no exception. Historically, medicine relied on the extreme difference in rank between physicians and patients to elicit trust, compliance, and hope during times of illness. But now, emboldened by knowledge gleaned from books, support groups, and the Internet, people are transforming ...

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