Making the Most of Your Doctor: Three Words to Get the Best Out of Those 10 Minutes

November 10, 2014 11:50 PM

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We have all seen those long faces on their way out of the doctor's clinic: frustrated, disappointed or just plain angry! Not getting what we want from our doctor, feeling that we haven't being listened to -- we have all been there. What most people don't know is just one minute's reflection about our problem can help make the most of our time with the doctor. Read on for an insider's tips on how to get the best out of those 10 minutes. Trust me. I'm a doctor.

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