• Vol. 30 No. 2, 81–85
  • 15 March 2001

The Runme Shaw Memorial Lecture 2000—Treating VIPs in Washington


My lecture is about people, power, illness, and the patient-physician relationship. It is the personality of the politician or official, the ego elevation conferred by power, the repression of the thought of illness, and the combination of these factors, which leads to subversion of the patient-doctor relationship when a very important person (VIP) is involved.

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