On average, a doctor interrupts a patient who is describing her symptoms within about twelve seconds. By then, many doctors have decided upon a diagnosis and treatment.Amen. Whenever I go to the doctor, I have the feeling that their number one concern is how to get me out of there as fast as possible. This, after I've usually had to sit on that stupid table with the paper sheet for about 20 minutes, waiting for the doc to come in.
The whole article is pretty good, if a little depressing.