In , Dr. Franz Ingelfinger, one of the most respected physicians of the modern era, wrote an essay on arrogance shortly before his death by. Arrogance. Creator. Ingelfinger, Franz J. Bibliographic Citation No Thumbnail [ %x] · Arrogance . Ingelfinger, Franz J. (). Thumbnail. Yet, at the same time there is a belief that doctors are arrogant and misbehave. But in his essay on arrogance, Franz Ingelfinger, MD, noted a.

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Ingelfinger called this sort of interaction “beneficially arrogant. Most likely, you want to believe that the people surrounding you have special abilities that will relieve your crushing pain, prevent a heart attack and save your life. Once a physician recognizes this, he or she may become arrogant.

The Arrogance of Doctors

A lack of respect and good manners towards staff and patients. Yet, at the same time there is a belief that doctors are arrogant and misbehave. Reflecting back on my long career, I don’t think I ever met an arrogant pediatrician. A recent Gallup poll found that people still routinely rank physicians amongst the arrogznce three most respected professions.

With the increasing use of hospitalists and physician extenders, it is more difficult to form a one-on-one relationship, which promotes the perception of the provider’s arrogance. Medical culture can encourage assertive behavior, arrogance and a sense of entitlement.


Prominent medical journalist Franz Ingelfinger dies at That arrogance may manifest ingdlfinger as: We were dealing with numerous variables and options. So, why the bad rap? In his recent column for Huffington Post, Richard C. This biographical article related to medicine arroganc the United States is a stub. This page was last edited on 23 July afrogance, at The Ingelfinger Rule Ingeelfinger.

They would immediately develop compassion and empathy for the patient who refuses to go to therapy until their problem is relieved. This stipulation for authors and the related press embargo were designed to ensure that the articles published were original and “newsworthy.

Edmund Pellegrino, in his chapter on human dignity, pointed out that “indifference, ineptitude and arrogance are transmissible.

Granted, I met a few physicians who could use some interpersonal skill coaching.

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He added that bad behaviors are learned during training and then passed onto the rest of the health care team.

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I think we have all recognized these negative traits in some physicians. Ingelfinger wrote, kngelfinger medical practice, I fear, may not be empathic medical practice, and it fosters, if not arrogance, at least the appearance of arrogance. This does not discount many of the complaints of arrogance, nor does it imply that there is no room for improvement. At the start of this new year we should try on a little bit of humility.


In addition to my long career in medicine, my family and I just spent four months intimately involved with physicians and the health care system. Thirty years ago, Dr. A failure to listen to a patient’s and family’s problems. Now, before you get all red in the face and upset, stick with me just a little longer.

Of course I want to hear the options, but then I want my physician to recommend the course of action that he or she thinks will prove most kngelfinger. Although medical schools are placing greater emphasis on teaching empathy, I like Dr. And how would you go about changing this type of behavior? However, some specialties are another story. That arrogance may manifest itself as:.