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Doctors make the worst patients.

It is difficult to give people help or advice on something in which they are professionals, because they often feel as though they already know better than anyone else how to handle the situation or perform a given task. Mary tried to convince her boss at the bank to see a credit advisor about his growing debt, but he kept insisting that he knew how to manage his money. Doctors make the worst patients.
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patient dumping

The premature discharge of patients, especially homeless patients or those with psychological disabilities, onto the streets by hospital workers or care providers, due to the high cost of providing care or shelter for them. A local hospital is being investigated for a continual practice of patient dumping, with many who suffer from chronic addiction and health issues being thrust straight back onto Skid Row.
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patient as Griselda

Extremely calm, composed, and dutiful. Griselda is a character in folklore who quietly endures many tests to prove her virtue to her husband. There are a lot of opinionated people in this office, so the next person we hire will need to be as patient as Griselda. My mother raised 10 kids—she is truly as patient as Griselda!
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patient of

Able to stay composed when faced with (something unpleasant). My mother is very patient of chaos—I guess she developed that skill while raising five kids. Meditation has helped me to become more patient of everyday annoyances.
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*patient as Job

very patient. (Alludes to the biblical figure Job.*Also: as ~.) If you want to teach young children, you must be as patient as Job. The director who is working with that temperamental actor must have the patience of Job.
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The field was now left to the physician and his patient, while the different personages who remained gathered around the latter, with faces expressing the various degrees of interest that each one felt in his condition.
The bottle was downstairs in my laboratory, so leaving my patient seated in his chair, I ran down to get it.
After this, it came to be held in various quarters that Lydgate played even with respectable constitutions for his own purposes, and how much more likely that in his flighty experimenting he should make sixes and sevens of hospital patients.
Every patient in this asylum sits down to dinner every day with a knife and fork; and in the midst of them sits the gentleman, whose manner of dealing with his charges, I have just described.
He promised to call again in the course of three or four hours, and left both the patient and her anxious attendant more composed than he had found them.
The drought which Reuben administered was of a sedative and narcotic quality, and secured the patient sound and undisturbed slumbers.
Let them see by your patient love and care how much fairer they might be, and when next you come, you will be laden with gifts from humble, loving flowers.
Whilst saying this, he felt the pulse of his patient.
I have been run over by a motor car," his patient said, speaking slowly and with something singularly agreeable in his voice notwithstanding its slight accent of pain.
As these patient drudges were mingling their tears, they were notified that they must go on duty again, for one of the political parties had nominated a thief and was about to hold a gratification meeting.
No one dared to tell him the dark predictions of the great oculist who came to look at them, and the boy tried to be patient, thinking that a few weeks of rest would repair the overwork of several years.
The physician laughed at his own pleasantry, but narrowly watched his patient from the corner of his eye.
But full three months must have passed since information was sent to me of an English patient, received at the hospital here, whose case I, as English consul, might feel an interest in investigating.
I do not generally sit up at night, for I think the nurse who has made it her business is better qualified for such undertakings than I am; - but still, an unbroken night's rest is what I but seldom enjoy, and never can venture to reckon upon; for my patient makes no scruple of calling me up at an hour when his wants or his fancies require my presence.
The reader may perhaps be surprized, that, instead of endeavouring to revive the patient, the learned gentlemen should fall immediately into a dispute on the occasion of his death; but in reality all such experiments had been made before their arrival: for the captain was put into a warm bed, had his veins scarified, his forehead chafed, and all sorts of strong drops applied to his lips and nostrils.
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