Japanese medical school textbook surprises with questions on patient-doctor romance

By Master Blaster, RocketNews24

Have you ever heard some grizzled old doctor in a medical drama tell the young intern, “Kid, some things they don’t teach ya in medical school,” just before the scene fades to black and the credits roll? Well, it seems medical schools are tired of getting that bad rap and are now actually attempting to teach everything.

Case in point is this multiple choice question that a presumed medical student came across in their textbook and posted to Twitter much to the amusement of the thousands who saw it.

The question in the book reads: "A hospitalized patient, who has been having feelings of affection for some time, suddenly puts their hand in the doctor’s hand while being treated. What is the appropriate response for the doctor to make?"

At this point I would say “put it on ice and prep the ER for reattachment,” and then begin wiggling my eyebrows while flicking the ashes from an imaginary cigar. But luckily this is a multiple choice question to guide us along the right path.

The choices are:

1 – Ask what’s the matter 2 – Do nothing and leave the hand there 3 – Silently brush away the hand 4 – Hold their hand too 5 – Shout: “What are you doing?!”

My guy instinct would have been number five, but considering how well that has gone over in past dates, I would advise against it in this situation too. The textbook agrees, saying that it would “harm the doctor-patient relationship.”

The correct answer according to the book would be #1: asking “what’s the matter?” According to the textbook the reasoning is that there are a variety of reasons the patient might have taken their doctor’s hand. Rather than harboring romantic feelings the patient may have built up a more parental image of their medical specialist.

And so, by acting surprised and confused by the action, it places the doctor on a more equal level with the patient and gives them an opportunity to withdraw the hand in a way that would retain their dignity.

Now, you might not be satisfied with that answer, and you wouldn’t be alone. Commenters had this to say about it.

“Boy, it’s tough being a doctor.” “I would like to hear the book’s advice if the patient answers, ‘What’s the matter is I’m in love with you.'” “The answer becomes moot if they take their ‘doctor-patient relationship’ to the next level.”

Sure enough, love is as complex as the endocrine system. With so many unpredictable forces at play, no mere multiple choice question can cover it all.

Well, maintaining love is difficult at least…but ruining it is super-easy.

Sources: Twitter/@NzTuna7, Togech

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Had a nice chortle thanks to that comment!

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Shouldn't it be under ethical? For example, it is your client, then it will be a client and client only until the contract is finished.

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The answer is a combination of 3, "Silently brush away the hand", followed by 1 "Ask what’s the matter". If only one choice is allowed then the test question itself fails as having no correct answer.

Because saying "A hospitalized patient, who has been having feelings of affection for some time" implies the doctor has already noticed the "feelings of affection". If the doctor hasn't noticed the patient's feelings, why bring them in as a variable?

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I believe Males should go to male Doctors and Females should go to female Doctors. Doing this would illuminate any conflict tha many Male Doctors have when examining or touching a Female patient!

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****What happened to the Hippocratic oath?

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ethics or not, doctor patient relationships (i.e. the non medical kind) are as common green on grass

humans are still humans at the end of the day. psych docs being approached by patients on the other hand, that's an issue that should be handled carefully

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