In clinical medical practices, physicians and nurses often give patients a welcoming and supportive atmosphere by shaking hands, sometimes hugging, and occasionally giving pats on the shoulder. These gestures enhance patient physician relationships. Or at least, they have in the past.
Interestingly, the common social custom of hand shake dates back to the Greeks who used the open palm to indicate trust. More scientifically, recent studies have shown that brain activity has more positive attitudes associated with hand shakes. Trust is today what we continue to seek between doctors...
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