Blogging over at See First, Evan Falchuk writes:
Being sick is bad, and for a million reasons. I think the worst is the feeling of powerlessness. Yes, there are terrific doctors and more new tests and treatments than ever. But your fate depends on factors beyond your ability to control.
Doctors and nurses know this, because they see it every day. But most non-clinicians don’t. So the terrible reality of illness and the helplessness that comes with it is new, and difficult. As a patient, or the family member of one, you look to the doctors in charge to help you make sense of this distressing and unfamiliar situation. In an inherently uncontrollable situation, helping you deal with this is one thing doctors actually can control…
The remainder of the article is equally well written.